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Certificate course on Research for Citizen-led change


Research for Citizen-led Change
October 15 – 31, 2014

Coady International Institute

Certificate in Research for Citizen-led Change By adapting and evolving to meet the changing needs of development practitioners, the Coady International Institute remains at the forefront of innovation within the field of community-based development. The Institute is an educational organization dedicated to identifying, developing and disseminating knowledge on effective development practice. As a leader in the study and practice of community-based development, the Coady Institute provides relevant programs that help others make a positive difference in their own communities.

Certificate in Research for Citizen-led Change

Whose knowledge counts in development, and how can leaders gather and mobilize knowledge for change? What does it mean for research to be community-based and participatory? What is the difference between evaluation and other kinds of research? When are quantitative and qualitative methods useful and appropriate? What challenges are encountered with multiple stakeholders? This course will help you make choices about the appropriate ways to do research for citizen action. You will learn about different types of research and how they can contribute to citizen capacity to make and shape decisions, how indigenous research practice, research quality, and the ethical responsibilities of collaborating with local communities will help build new knowledge.

Drawing upon the experience of facilitators and participants, the course offers a collaborative and interactive approach to learning. Research methods will be introduced, with some research skills covered in depth, but the emphasis is on skillbuilding for making decisions about appropriate research strategies. Case study examples of research for citizen action will be integral to the course.

Personal benefits

  • Develop skills in research ethics; understand the research cycle and the role of community members; collaborative research design; evaluation of different research methods and tools for their contribution to citizen action; listening, analysis and interpretation
  • Learn the theoretical foundations and critical issues, in community-based research for citizen action
  • Understand and appreciate different ways of knowing, the power of different knowledge holders and strategies for collaborating with multiple stakeholders
  • Communicate research results Organizational benefits
  • Increase its capacity to design and coordinate research that contributes to citizen-led action.
  • Improve its ability to critically evaluate research and researchers;
  • Exercise greater influence in the development field as stewards of ethical and effective research practice
  • Who should take the Program?

    This program is designed for experienced development practitioners who are interested in developing a critical awareness of research practice in order to inform decisions about applied research design and practice for citizen-led development


    $2,350 $1,150 $ 3,500

    Program costs are quoted in Canadian dollars and are subject to revision.


    Applicants from developing countries are eligible for Coady Institute scholarships and bursaries that cover most of the cost of tuition, room and board. This support is the result of generous funding from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and a number of individual and institutional donors. Special efforts are made to enable women and Canadian aboriginal peoples to attend. Coady Institute is not able to support the cost of travel.

    How to Apply

    To find out more about the Coady Institute’s educational programs, please visit our website at https://www.coady.stfx.ca/education/Applications are assessed as soon as they are received so apply early to ensure time for making travel and visa arrangements. Application forms can be downloaded from our website and should be directed to:

    Admissions Officer – Coady International Institute St. Francis Xavier University PO Box 5000, Antigonish, NS, Canada B2G 2W5
    Phone 902.867.3953 Fax 902.867.3907 Email coadyadmit@stfx.ca www.coady.stfx.ca

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