Core Module 2 - Community Entry
About community entry
Whether you are a community member, a community group or a worker from outside the community, it is necessary to make contact with the wider community. It is necessary to talk with local people and services that may be affected by what you do.
There are many ways of doing this - through existing links and networks, meeting with groups and organisations, and contacting community leaders and service providers. All are important.
This is the time to build relationships and trust by being considerate of community members' time and other obligations, by being open about what you are doing, by treating people with respect and by being seen to be impartial.
Work through the Process Driver to help think about how your previous experience can help you decide why and how you will be able to work with this community. Time invested at this point may well mean the difference between action and inaction.
Goff, S. 'Introduction - Presenting or Presence', pp. 27-54, Draft Facilitator's Participatory Action Research Resource Kit.
Link to useful tools on this module.