The aim of the manual is to assist civil society organisations (CSOs), students, supervisors and all those involved in the Community Academic Research Links (CARL) Initiative at UCC in understanding and engaging with community-based research. This manual should be used as a guide rather than a rulebook.
The guide is in three parts; the first part refers to the initial meetings, whether it is with the community group or students. This is the most important element of the process as it lays the groundwork for later activities. The second part is focussed on the development of the research request, i.e. things to watch out for as the request progresses. The third part of the manual looks at the loose ends that need tidied up on completion of the research.