Developing Communities through Learning: Demonstrating Impact

K. McArdle, Sue Briggs, Kirsty Forrester, Cath Hamilton
and Clare Harper (Editors)
University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU040000

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Increasingly, those who work with communities are required to demonstrate the impact of what they do for purposes that include evaluation, self-evaluation and demonstrating the evidence of impact for funders. This book is for professionals from any discipline who choose to work with individuals or groups in a community setting and who wish to show that their practice has an impact, where impact is defined as a strong effect or influence on participants.

The purpose of the book is to explore the complexity of demonstrating impact in a context where the learning is frequently informal and where outcomes are complex, multifaceted and difficult to pin down. An individual’s journey in his or her learning is idiosyncratic and often unpredictable.

The book explores ways to think about demonstrating impact in community settings, and draws on the contrasting perspectives and experiences of the editors, all of whom draw on their experience of work with communities in different ways. The book also includes nine case studies that illuminate in a practical manner the processes and issues associated with gathering the evidence of impact.

This book is intended to be useful for both the early career professional working with communities and the more experienced worker who wishes to refine his/her thinking concerning impact. It is intended for those working in any discipline where learning in the community is important, who seek to enhance well-being, knowledge, skills and capacities of individuals or communities. It is hoped that funders and policy makers too will explore this book to gain an understanding of the complexities and challenges associated with demonstrating an impact on work with people and their communities. (Imprint: Nova)

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1.

Statistics and Stories

Karen McArdle and Sue Briggs (University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, and others)

Part One: Five Themes in Community Learning and Development

Introduction

Chapter 2.

Impact? So Why Do We Need to Know...?

Sue Briggs (Aberdeenshire Council, Scotland, UK)

Chapter 3.

'We Need to Get Angry about Poverty'

Clare Harper (Education Development Manager, Third Sector Adult Learning Organisation, NE, Scotland)

Chapter 4.

'Can Community Learning and Development Help Create a More Socially Just Society?'

Kirsty Forrester (Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership, Scotland)

Chapter 5.

Celebrating Difference

Cath Hamilton (Community Learning and Development, Scotland)

Chapter 6.

Ethics and the Virtue of Kindness in Health and Well-Being Projects

Karen McArdle (University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland)

Part Two - Case Studies of the Impact of Community Learning and Development

Introduction

Chapter 7.

Case Study 1 - Capturing the Voice of Older People

Ed Garrett (Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action)

Chapter 8.

Case Study 2 - My Life Could Have Gone One Way or the Other If It Hadn’t Been for "Reach Out"

Ross Weatherby and Karen McArdle (Workers’ Educational Association (WEA); Aberdeen, Scotland)

Chapter 9.

Case Study 3 - The Role and Impact of Community Development for Syrian Refugee Resettlement in Aberdeenshire in 2016

Katie MacLean (Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen, Scotland)

Chapter 10.

Case Study 4 - Youth Community Support Agency (YCSA) – New Migrant Voices Project

Gary Lindsay (YCSA Programme Lead, Glasgow, Scotland)

Chapter 11.

Case Study 5 - The Corner: Ethos and Practice

Deborah Syme (The Corner Health, Information and Peer-Led Services for Young People, Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership)

Chapter 12.

Case Study 6 - What Difference a Day Makes: The Impact of Community Development on Poverty

Ruth Campbell, Comas (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Chapter 13.

Case Study 7 - Connect and Discover: Promoting Well-being through Adult Learning

Dragana J. Ramsden and Alison Creedon (Centre for Community Learning and Engagement, Morley College London, UK)

Chapter 14.

Case Study 8 - The Absolutely Everybody Choir

Katrina Humble, Robbie Lloyd, Jonathon Welch AM, and David Jones (Absolutely Everybody Choir Coordinator: Port Macquarie, Australia, and others)

Chapter 15.

Case Study 9 - Competence Development through Genealogy

Sara Grut (Tine Fristrup and Maria Press, Nordic Centre of Heritage Learning and Creativity, and others)

Part Three

The Way Forward with Evidence of Impact

Questions of Impact

Resources

Index

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