1st Edition

Making a Difference in Families Research that creates change

Edited By Robyn Munford Copyright 2003
    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    'This 'must read' volume will challenge every researcher to re-examine their assumptions and approach to research with families. Munford and Sanders emphasise the positive contribution research can make through the development of an inclusive research process. Their model extends the principles of the action research method by emphasising the contribution of families at each stage of the research, and dissemination of results through an easily assessable 'range of research products'. The thought-provoking case studies articulate the strengths and realities of applying their model in a wide variety of settings in different countries.' - Angeline Barretta-Herman, Professor of Social Work, University of St Thomas

    'This book tackles the hard issues which are becoming of vital importance for all researchers. How our research can make a difference to research participants and our communities, and also satisfy the needs of other players, are some of the difficult questions this book addresses. The book's direct approach, and its inclusion of work from around the globe, make it widely applicable.' - Professor Jan Fook, La Trobe University

    Doing research with families poses particular challenges in social work and welfare. The families are generally clients of social services, and can be in a vulnerable position. Also, it is important that family research contributes to improving practice in clinical and community work.

    Making a Difference in Families discusses key approaches to research with families, including action research, focus groups and participant observation. Contributors explore both qualitative and quantitative methods, and examine ways in which researchers can involve participants in the research process. Detailed case studies are provided of research in a variety of settings, and with different kinds of family situations.

    Contributors v

    Dedication and acknowledgements xi

    Figures xii

    Introduction: Making a difference - Robyn Munford and Jackie Sanders 1

    1 Empowerment-based evaluation: Research and social change - Pauline Raven, Michelle Rivard, Yolande Samson and Madine VanderPlaat 15

    2 Optimising the relationships between research, policy and practice: A systemic model - John Canavan, Pat Dolan and John Pinkerton 35

    3 A model for Maori research: Te whakaeke i te ao rangahau o te Maori - Wheturangi Walsh-Tapiata 55

    4 Disabled people and research: Putting families first - Anne Bray and Brigit Mirfin-Veitch 74

    5 Action research with families/whanau and communities - Robyn Munford and Jackie Sanders with Ann Andrew, Peter Butler and Leland Ruwhiu 93

    6 Clients as researchers: The benefits of strengths-based research - Di O'Neil 113

    7 Mandatory social work: Research with vulnerable families - Jill Worrall and Margaret McKenzie 130

    8 Strengthening practice through research: Res


    Robyn Munford is Professor in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. Jackie Sanders is Director of the Children, Youth and Families Research Project in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.