Community Action Research

The ins and outs of Community Action Research

Put simply, CAR is all about having local people researching their  own needs. Data from a specially designed set of questions is gathered, analysed and presented in reports to the planners of services so the best information is available.

CAR puts local people in the driving seat, There is substantial evidence that this form of research builds the capacity of individuals to evidence the need for and

What we are currently working on:

achieve positive change in the services or support provided to their community.   It is therefore research of and by the community and not, as is traditional, on and to the community.

ELCCF has been active in CAR for some time now. In the past, the Forum held meetings with disabled people of all kinds to gather experiences.

See our Community Action Research video here.

ELCCF is supporting a group of community volunteers to carry out an audit of the Enjoy Leisure facilities to find out how accessible the centres are for people living with disability and/or long term condition.

Our latest reports

NHS 24

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East Lothian  Council is carrying out a review of all community services that provide a day service or day support to adults with a disability or long term condition.

To assist in this review, ELCCF carried out an independent survey or what people who use adult day support services and their carers thought about them.  See report adjacent

A survey on how well people are managing with Self Directed Support (SDS)

A report on what people in East Lothian think about NHS 24. 

This report has a focus on views from people with long term conditions and mothers with toddlers.

Discharge to Assess

On the back of the Hospital at Home report ELCCF was asked by the staff team to evaluate their new project - Discharge to Assess (D2A). 


This new East Lothian wide project assesses older people who have been in hospital to get home more quickly providing equipment and support when they get home.

Click on the button to see all the Community Action Research Reports ELCCF community volunteers have completed over the years.

Hospital at Home

ELCCF evaluation of a new NHS service in East Lothian that provides specialist medical care to people who are acutely unwell in their own home preventing, where possible, hospital admission.

The Community Action Research Toolkit

ELCCF has produced a CAR Toolkit for groups who want to undertake their own surveys and research. It offers advice and explains the experience of the Forum in undergoing its CAR pilot. You can download it here.

This is a community site and we welcome any any contributions that cover the topic of health and social care, and/or ideas about how our site can be improved.  Please contact us at the address below.

East Lothian Community Care Forum, 9-11 Lodge Street Haddington EH41 3DX.


Tel: 01620 822212                           Email


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