Converge research focuses on using data to inform decisions about future directions and generate innovative solutions to current challenges. Information and “stories from the field” are gathered and analyzed to learn what’s working, what barriers stand in the way of progress, and what changes are needed for programmatic, organizational or systems change. Findings are summarized in a presentation and/or a written report designed to support client learning, improve programs, and contribute to a broader field of professional knowledge.
Converge also employs Participatory Action Research for clients to gain valuable skills that can be applied in ongoing community improvement and advocacy efforts. When in alignment with project goals, stakeholders – including youth – can be trained in research methods and how to use the results to achieve systems change.
Contact Converge to discuss your action research needs:
- Community or Organizational Assessment
- Evaluation Planning
- Program Evaluation
- Asset Mapping
- Key Person Interviews
- Focus Groups
- Training Needs Assessment
Inspiring Success: Los Angeles County Youth Engagement Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Projects.
Network for a Healthy California (2011). Reflects on Youth Engagement Initiative impacts, successes, and challenges. Provides “how-to’s” for engaging youth to increase healthy eating and physical activity to reduce obesity. Contributed to USDA approval of Youth Participatory Action Research as a field-tested practice for obesity prevention.