Definitions - R to Z
Reflecting - A process of using questions to develop consensus in communities so that they are involved in an activity of change which they value and feel comfortable with. (Peavey, F., 1992)
Research funding - A grant made for a specific and clearly defined purpose, to test a hypothesis, or to undertake research in a particular field. Research grants are generally made to the researcher's academic institution and directed toward the staff member concerned.
Resources - Funds, skills, people, equipment, information, help or anything else that is needed to do the things you have decided on.
Responsibility - A responsibility is an action that participants are obliged to take to ensure their rights and those of others are secured within the partnership.
Review - A formal or informal way of checking what has happened.
Right - A right is a secured value offered by others and which participants expect to be available to them within the learning partnership.
Seed funding - Seed funding assists with the establishment phase of a project. This is generally given to a small project, at an early stage of its development, before the total concept has been formulated or any plan for future expansion made. The idea is to nurture a project's beginning.
Self-esteem - How good we feel about ourselves.
Self-assessment - Deciding for ourselves how capable or knowledgeable we are.
Skill-based - An activity or process that needs a certain level of skill.
Small grants - These are sometimes referred to as donations, and are made when the grant-maker feels that the project or application has some worth, but is not of long-term interest.
Snowball effect - A snowball effect occurs where people encourage each other to be involved. If a few key people contact others, involvement gathers speed and size like a snowball rolling down a hill.
Specific funding - Made for a direct purpose, such as travel expenses, purchase of equipment or tuition fees. This type of funding is not available to be used at the discretion of the grant-seeker.
Sponsoring organisation - An organisation that acts on your group's behalf in legal and financial arrangements with the funding body. Groups who are not incorporated can often apply for funding if their grant is auspiced/sponsored by an organisation that is incorporated.
Statistical data - Numerical facts eg. the number of people living in a town.
Statistical profile - Numerical facts drawn together to paint a 'picture' eg. the age, sex and number of people attending an outpatients clinic. This may give you an idea of who needs help the most eg. young men.
Strategic questioning - A process of using questions to develop consensus in communities so that they are involved in an activity of change which they value and feel comfortable with. (Peavey, F.,1992)
Strategies - Specific activities to get the job done.
Sustainable - A program or action that can be kept going in either its current or a revised form.
Target group - The group of people at whom your work is aimed.
Values - Individual rules by which people live.
Vision statement - A brief statement that describes why your group exists and what it wants to achieve. Sometimes called a 'mission statement'.
Visioning workshop - A group activity to plan for the future and to commit to helping to get there.