QFCA Research Subcommittee
Research played a vital role in early "Settlement Houses" from their beginnings in the 1880's. As Neighbourhood Centres have evolved to suit modern environments, research continues to play an important role in not only demonstrating the value of Neighbourhood Centre work but highlighting issues of concern for local communities.
The QFCA is establishing a research subcommittee to develop a research agenda for Neighbourhood and Community Centres in Queensland. As we form relationships with tertiary institutions we will delve deeper into academic research of our areas of practice in Emergency Relief/Food Support, Disaster Response, Community Development Practice, Place Based Approaches, Community Data and Evaluation. You can view a copy of our research discussion paper here.
In the meantime, here is some research we have found to be pertinent to Neighbourhood Centres. Other Neighbourhood House state and national peak bodies have also produced a number of reports for consideration on their respective websites.
Golding et al. (2008) Houses and sheds in Australia: an exploration of the genesis and growth of neighbourhood houses and men’s sheds in community settings. Australian Journal of Adult Learning Volume 48, Number 2.
Yan, Lauer & Riano-Alcala (2016), Incorporating individual community assets in neighbourhood houses: Beyond the community-building tradition of settlement houses, International Social Work 2017, Vol. 60(6) 1591– 1605