Another ‘How-To’ guide, on Community Research, has just been added to CommunityNet Aotearoa, the information sharing website for New Zealand community and voluntary organisations.
The guide links to selected resources on research methods, tools, recent papers, upcoming conferences, self-evaluation of organisations and community projects, and turning research into action. Like other How-To Guides, instead of reinventing resources it links to existing material, selected by an expert editor. The Research editor, Garth Nowland-Foreman, has 25 years experience as a community sector consultant and teaches in the Unitec Graduate Diploma in Not for Profit Management course.
The Community Research How To guide joins others on Governance and Management, Legal Structures, Funding, Community Development, IT & Internet etc. The editors keep their guides up-to date on a monthly basis, and significant updates have just been made to the Governance and Management, and Legal Structures guides, edited by Andrew Scott in the Christchurch office. CommunityNet also offers free advertising, event notices, news, and a community web directory.
CommunityNet Aotearoa is managed by the Local Government and Community Operations Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs, with assistance from an Advisory Group drawn from community organisations. Thousands of community groups and community development workers visit CommunityNet and download checklists, templates etc., with visits growing by 50% over the last three months. A satisfaction survey is underway, with initial responses showing the site is well valued by its readers.
Press release: 17 February 2005.