Is community-based work compatible with data collection?

John W Murphy, Berkeley A. Franz, Karen A. Callaghan

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Although community-based projects have introduced a successful model for addressing many social problems, less consideration has been given to how such projects should be evaluated. This paper considers whether the philosophy underlying community-based practice is compatible with data collection. Specifically at issue is whether empirical indicators are helpful to summarize a project. Although having valid knowledge is important, this paper makes a distinction between merely collecting data versus understanding the course of a project. The key point is that community participation requires a unique perspective on how knowledge is negotiated and interpreted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2
Pages (from-to)9-22
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Sociology and Social Welfare
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


  • Community health
  • Community-based philosophy
  • Social theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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