Citizen Research: Involving Community Residents in Evaluation and Needs Assessments
Philliber Research & Evaluation presented this paper at the Annual Meeting of the American Evaluation Association in Minneapolis, MN, October 25, 2012. The paper stresses the importatnce of involving community residents in needs assessment and evaluation through what Philliber Research has called "The Community Engagement Process".
The whole process of a Community Engagement Process, from the time the core team
of citizen researchers is assembled to the dissemination of results, is no more than two or three months. It builds momentum, and the community is left with a group of empowered citizen researchers who are ready to act in informed ways on an issue.