Faculty: Joy Pendley
Course Prefix: PSC 3200
Course Title: Public Policy: Community Research
1.Service-learning experience: Students in this course will work with community partners to build knowledge of the experiences of Spanish-speaking residents while working with stakeholders to develop action plans. Students will design, plan, implement and evaluate a community survey. Student will also plan, implement and analyze a set of interviews and/or focus groups with community members. In community research it is important to disseminate information back to the community, therefore students will host a final presentation for community stakeholders and discuss outcomes and future projects.
This semester, research teams will work with the organization Identity Coalition to research and write a policy analysis/evaluation that will be presented to the 2017 Oklahoma Legislature. Students will also develop a community asset map to be presented to community organizations.
2.Student Learning Outcomes:
- Knowledge of Community Action Research methods and research ethics
- Application of qualitative research and analysis technique.
- Ability to work with community partners to develop research and deliver policy analysis that has the potential to make a difference in the community
- Strengthen your abilities to analyze complicated social issues
- Connect and apply knowledge from civic engagement experiences back to areas of study, using these experiences to comprehend, analyze, and /or challenge theories and frameworks
- Develop and expand understanding of and capacity for active participation in a community
3.Community Partnership Engagement Plan: Each semester, the faculty member works with community organizations or leaders to develop a course plan to address an issue or challenge in the community. Many times, the organization has an issue they would like to address with new legislation or resource development. Once the partner has defined the area of research for students, the faculty member puts together the readings and other course content. At the second meeting, the community partners work with the students to understand the work and to develop a relationship. They make some decisions on what the partners want in deliverables and how student researchers will communicate with partners throughout the semester. Once students have been oriented to the social issue in class readings and research, they work with the community partner to develop a set of questions for a public survey and interviews with community stakeholders, leaders and politicians. Students must develop and maintain a communication strategy with the partners and get feedback on the development of the instruments. Students will arrange for a final presentation of all data and analysis for the community partners and any invited guests that they want to include. The final report is both oral and a hard copy of the analysis and a list of resources and best practice research.
4.Assessment of Learning Outcomes:
Critical reflections: In the reflection assignments, you will discuss, explore difficult or challenging circumstances of your service-learning experience. This assignment allows you to develop an understanding of the larger scope of issues and impact of service. You should be thoughtful about your experiences and think about the impact of the work. This is a chance to make sure you are addressing any inaccurate assumptions or biases you have brought to this work. Pre-reflection (What role do you have in this research? What preconceived notions do you have about the project and the people involved? What do you need to do in order to prepare and implement this research? How will you communicate with your community partners to assure their knowledge and leadership is integral to the research? What do you anticipate might happen in this research?). (Due before first set of interviews) Mid-way reflection (What do you know about this research and the community now that you have begun the project? What assumptions did you begin with and how have these been addressed? What challenges have you had so far? What do you hope to accomplish in the last phase of your research?) (due after community survey) Final reflection (How did you maintain communication and collaboration with the community partner? Did the project unfold the way you thought it would? What issues arose and how did you address them? How is the project connected to the course content? Is your view of the social issue changing? How?) (due after community presentation)(Graded with rubric)(include on syllabus and on canvas)
Final Presentations- Students will analyze interviews and data from the community conference and present their findings to invited community partners. This will lead to the development of next steps for the engagement lab and/or stakeholders. It is important for us to get the data back to the community and this presentation is a chance to do that. Invite partners and community stakeholders to the final presentation when you have an interview and send a reminder email. (Graded with rubric) (include on syllabus and on canvas)