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Community Auditing as community development

Carol Packham

in Community Development Journal

Published on behalf of Community Development Journal

Volume 33, issue 3, pages 249-259
Published in print July 1998 | ISSN: 0010-3802
Published online July 1998 | e-ISSN: 1468-2656 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cdj/33.3.249
Community Auditing as community development

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This article seeks to make the case that some research methods are exploitative and deskilling of their subjects, and are therefore inappropriate to use as part of community development. It suggests that a Community Auditing approach is an empowering process and can achieve desirable quantitative and qualitative outcomes. The article will make the case that many of the current research approaches although having specific value, do not meet community development criteria particularly that of participation. It will briefly chart the development of participatory research methods, and will give example of participative community audits. The characteristics of community auditing as opposed to traditional research methods will be discussed.

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Subjects: Development Studies ; Public Policy ; Social Impact of Environmental Issues (Environmental Science) ; Development Planning and Policy

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