Throughout the past three episodes, we’ve talked about community work and community development in the present. Today, we’ve gathered three guests – Ng Bee Leng (Director, Community Development), Chuah Xing Jun (Research Assistant), and Emeritus Professor Satvinder Singh (Research Consultant) – in a more open-ended conversation about the future. In particular, we zoom into measurement. That is, how do we know if we’re making progress? And how do we measure the effectiveness of our community-building efforts? We hear specifically about the TCI or the Thriving Community Index, which we previewed in the last episode.
“Collecting stories, discovering places, and connecting people”: Participatory research, practice research, and Photovoice
There is broad consensus that research, evaluation, and evidence-based practice are important. However, to what extent are they compatible with community work and community development, especially when data and knowledge are extracted from participants? Today, we explore both participatory research and practice research with Ng Bee Leng (Director, Community Development) and Woo Pei Yi (Senior Assistant Director, Community Development), specifically through the use of Photovoice. We learn about the methodology, findings, and future plans.
The potential and challenges of social media civic discussions in Singapore (with assistant professor Walid Jumblatt Bin Abdullah)
Today, we have assistant professor Walid Jumblatt Bin Abdullah from the School of Social Sciences in Nanyang Technological University, whose research focuses on religion and politics with a special focus on Singapore and Malaysia. On his Instagram page, he hosts “Teh Tarik With Walid” (TTWW), a series of live chats with prominent socio-political figures about their work and current affairs. In this episode, we ask him about his motivations for starting this series as well as the prospects of such a format in furthering civic engagement on social media.
“Scaled, citizen-led, and publicness”: Improving qualitative research through citizen social science in Singapore and beyond (with researchers Amirah Amirrudin, Dr. Nicholas Harrigan, and Dr. Ijlal Naqvi)
In November last year, the publication titled “Scaled, citizen-led, and public qualitative research: A framework for citizen social science” explored improvements to qualitative research and suggested methods for the conduct of citizen social science. Drawing from two cases – one involving state and civil society organisations and public policy students, and another centred on low-waged migrant workers and the system processing their salary and injury disputes – we dive into the open-access publication with its three author-researchers.
Ground-ups in Singapore (Part 2): Building synchronicity among communities of communities
This episode is the second of a two-part series covering ground-ups and their contributions in Singapore. If you’ve not heard the first part about the emergence and impact of ground-ups, be sure to listen to that before coming back to this. With Jen Goh of The Majurity Trust and Dr. Adrian Chan of Acerpacer Consulting, we previously discussed the value of start-ups, the emergence of new activators, and the challenges of funding, time, and contacts.
Today, we finish up our conversation on funding before exploring recommendations and the building of synchronicity among ground-ups and communities of ground-up communities. As a reminder, Jen is part of the philanthropy and community building team at The Majurity Trust. Dr. Chan is an independent scientist-practitioner and the director of Acerpacer Consulting.