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

Important Definitions

First, two important definitions.


A community is any group of people with something in common.  A church congregation is a community.  A recovery support group is a community.  A community can be defined by a geographic area such as a neighborhood, a city, a state, even a country.  And a community is formed by the people who all work at the same company–or the customers who use that company.  And, of course, the students at a school, their parents, and the teachers and administrators form one community–and their own separate communities.

Social Change

Whenever you hope to see a change in a group and the individuals in that group (a community), you are making social change.  As physical change is the change in shape or condition of a physical object, social change is any change in the knowledge or attitudes of people that lead them to act differently.


The Social Change Cycle:

Needs Assessment

Program Development

(Setting strategies: What will we do?)


(Assessing impact: How well are we doing?)

Developmental Evaluation

Process Evaluation

Outcome Evaluation