Community Empowerment Research

We help churches, schools, and community organizations
measure needs of the people they serve,
set strategies to meet those needs, and
assess the impact of their work in service, training, evangelism, and outreach.

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Community Empowerment Research's Philosophy of Change

People often see problems and come up with solutions.  Then they do something about that problem.  Their process, though, is not usually carefully thought out.  While an engineer will carefully design a bridge to meet the traffic needs and to hold up to the physical environment.  Social change agents usually just jump in.

And most of the time what they do makes an obvious difference.

But is this approach the most effective?  Is it the most cost-effective?  Are there more important problems that are being missed?

We at Community Empowerment Research have thought through the steps needed to make the most efficient changes.  And it is a circular process.

We have the training and experience to take a careful look at every step of the development process for social solutions.  And we partner with you to use your expertise in the area you are good at: providing services.

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Important Definitions

The Social Change Cycle:

Needs Assessment

(Measuring needs: What changes are needed?)

Program Development

(Setting strategies: What will we do?)

Evaluation

(Assessing impact: How well are we doing?)

Developmental Evaluation

Process Evaluation

Outcome Evaluation