The new edition of this popular book has been substantially revised and provides a practical step-by-step guide to community profiling, invaluable for students and practitioners involved in community-based research. The book begins with consideration of what a community profile is, explores the different reasons why community profiles are undertaken and offers tips for planning research. It then looks at methods for collecting, storing and analyzing data, and ways of involving the community, concluding with a chapter on ensuring your profile has impact. This book is fully updated throughout and includes: a new chapter on links between community profiling, policy development and practice; a new chapter on selecting methods for data collection; bulleted key issues at the end of each chapter; case studies and boxed examples; further reading and a list of additional resources; a new appendix for those who want to undertake more complex research; and, a new glossary."Community Profiling" is essential reading for anyone engaged in community profiling, social auditing, needs assessment or community consultation.
Community workers and community practitioners across a range of disciplines including regeneration, neighborhood management, library services, housing, health, youth work and social care will find it especially useful. It is also a helpful resource for voluntary and community organizations and students required to undertake community-based research.