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 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.

See our Community Action Research video here.

  • ELCCF supported 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.

  • As part of the Health and Social Care Partnership's Community Transformation programme we also worked with a group of community volunteers to look at how to measure outcomes for people who use services.

To find out more about Community Action Research and whether it is a something you think might benefit your group or community have a look at our CAR Toolkit.  It offers advice and the video explains the experience of our first CAR project.

Examples of our reports

Click on the images to open and view the documents

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Community Service Review

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

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.

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

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

Watch our video about Community Action Research

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