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How much of your job in community development involves research?

Do you feel that you need to really study the community you are working with in order to benefit them most? Do you find that reaching out to community members helps to understand the needs of the whole community most adequately, or do you research programs similar to ones you may be considering to implement in another community? #community-management #research #career #community #development #community-development #community-outreach #community-services


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Mohammed’s Answer

Gabrielle, yes! If the goal is to make a true impact in the community it is important to reach out to the local community members, local organizations and always beneficial to also do your own research. This will help you target real issues, understand low hanging fruits Vs. Major issues the community is trying to fix, and will also give you a good understanding of ways your programs, funding, and volunteer opportunities can actually benefit them. Aim for the Impact and not just activities. Helping or working with a community without having a true understanding of the issues they face, how it impacts their every day lives, how their past has shaped their present and ways it may impact their future is like trying to fill a bucket of water with holes in it. It's always helpful to know the direction you are going in, the obstacles you may face, the resources you need to achieve your goal and data to show you are making an impact. Best of luck!

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Mohammed’s Answer

Gabrielle, yes! If the goal is to make a true impact in the community it is important to reach out to the local community members, local organizations and always beneficial to also do your own research. This will help you target real issues, understand low hanging fruits Vs. Major issues the community is trying to fix, and will also give you a good understanding of ways your programs, funding, and volunteer opportunities can actually benefit them. Aim for the Impact and not just activities. Helping or working with a community without having a true understanding of the issues they face, how it impacts their every day lives, how their past has shaped their present and ways it may impact their future is like trying to fill a bucket of water with holes in it. It's always helpful to know the direction you are going in, the obstacles you may face, the resources you need to achieve your goal and data to show you are making an impact. Best of luck!

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James’s Answer

Yes, studying the community or current opportunity is very important to gain an understanding about what kinda skills are needed to resolve the issue or make a difference. Also what kinda impact you can make it kinda gives you that understanding. Good luck! :)

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Bill’s Answer

Gabrielle,

Our company's charge is to make our assets the center of the communities in which we serve. Therefore it is imperative that we reach out to the local area to engage our future customers and stakeholders to ensure we are benefiting our tenants, community and company. We certainly research the gaps in the offerings within the area to provide an additional product or service which may not be readily available.

I wish you luck in your future pursuits.

Best, bill

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Nicholas’s Answer

PwC is always trying to make better ways for life in our communities. We take pride in making a difference and developing events and teams to make a difference. Whether that being, beach cleanups, volunteer work, and/or community outreach. It's what we need to focus on most especially in these days

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