Fieldwork for our region begins March 15!
Sign up for the training program: everyone is qualified. Please call if you have any questions.
We dive in to this meaningful and fun work every other Sunday starting March 15 at the Chimacum Grange – 4 to 6pm. Registration is required.
Community-Based Research to Unite our Understanding
Next Intro: Jefferson County Library – Weds. January 26 at 6pm
Make sustainability a reality in your community. Through social fieldwork, you can protect and nourish your community in what matters most. You can be part of ensuring sound practice to inform local planning and to unite our understanding.
We continue to introduce place-based indicators of community well-being and ecosystem stewardship at house parties and public spaces across Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam counties. Join us!
| epi |’s foundational re-start was low-key and encouraging – the very best kind! On February 12th, we shared a potluck-style discussion amongst long-time locals, conservation experts and new people to the region. The event occurred during a regular meeting of the Chimacum Grange • Wednesday, February 12 6:30 pm PST. Conversation was wide-ranging and nourished a meaningful opening on the vast field of participatory community-based inquiry and research.
At the Grange meeting, we discussed “grange as hub” for social fieldwork and the merits of the demonstration project for reflective community, place-based research. We were given the go-ahead for a year-long training and study based at this Grange to serve three counties: Jefferson, Kitsap and Clallam. We anticipate satellite trainings and events.
The Grange is a great place to begin, and for many reasons – to be explored and discussed at the introduction!
The central purpose of social fieldwork is to gather better information to inform better decisions. Local community members can join in a weekly practice in the skills to strengthen capacity for interactive discourse with purpose. We will focus attention on indicators of community well-being and ecosystem stewardship. Registration opens at the event and online starting Friday, February 14.
Over the course of several months in the Spring and in the Fall, the weekly event will be in a participatory workshop format. Each session will support experiential hands-on practice in reflective dialogue and participatory conversations that matter.
In the second phase starting Fall 2020, community members will be given the tools coordinate outside workgroups. The purpose will continue to be to reflect on a baseline of sustainability indicators. These Fall sessions will be mini-workshops in a range of social fieldwork methods. For instance, training modules will provide guidance and practice in accurate and participatory recording. Participants will be introduced to qualitative analysis and reporting. This work is similar to citizen science and place-based research; however, social fieldwork and participatory action research can also inform evaluation of local programs and planning decisions.
For those interested, coaching support is available to participants who wish to conduct social fieldwork in other areas of the country while remaining focused on sustainability indicators. We will accept a limited number of applicants to this program each Fall.
About Partnering with the Grange
We introduce and support the spread of social fieldwork by locals and planners. The focus of our work is strengths-based and positive. We draw on appreciative inquiry to energize long-range action.
We plan to begin bi-weekly sessions in March. Dates to be announced.