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Change ResearchA Case Study on Collaborative Methods for Social Workers and Advocates$
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Corey Shdaimah, Roland Stahl, and Sanford Schram

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231151795

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231151795.001.0001

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The Challenges of Doing Collaborative Research

The Challenges of Doing Collaborative Research

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(p.120) 7 The Challenges of Doing Collaborative Research
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Change Research
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Corey S. Shdaimah

Roland W. Stahl

Sanford F. Schram

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231151795.003.0007

This chapter focuses on the tensions and challenges faced by social work researchers involved in the Women's Community Revitalization Project (WCRP), noting that the success of the collaboration was not easily achieved. It supplements the social work researchers' reflections about the collaboration with their community partners' perspectives, which were solicited through retrospective, semistructured interviews. In this retrospective study, the chapter shows that the collaborative research was a humbling and surprising experience. It also offers suggestions for making collaborative change research more successful, with particular emphasis on how research collaborations can take advantage of the healthy differences in opinion that are bound to arise; they lead to a more robust research process that better serves advocacy efforts. Finally, it suggests that social workers committed to community collaboration and client empowerment must be willing to apply the additional time, effort, self-reflection, and compromise required in successful collaboration.

Keywords:   social work research, Women's Community Revitalization Project, collaboration, social work, community partners, collaborative research, change research, advocacy, social workers

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