NCCD’s community studies may involve collaboration with a defined community to:
- Create a foundation from which the community can work together to accomplish community goals.
- Engage in a community participatory research project in which community members participate in making major decisions from conceptualizing the project, research questions, methodology, data collection methods, analysis of the findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
- Allow us to learn how they address specific issues, e.g., provide culturally attuned services for community members.
Community studies can also provide a portrait of a community using data only or accompanied by a narrative that interprets data, articulates findings, and makes recommendations. The studies may include collaboration with community members who are involved in the selection of topics and making recommendations, or NCCD may initiate and complete the study by itself. A variation on this is to examine one phenomenon that cuts across multiple communities to mobilize persons in different locations to work together to address an issue.
NCCD used community participatory research principles to design and implement the Asian Risk and Protective Factors Survey (a bonus was the ability to hire already-trained interviewers from within the various ethnic communities to conduct the interviews with Mien, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Chinese youth and families). NCCD worked closely with five community-based organizations to document how they provided services that were culturally attuned to the populations they served. NCCD used the collaborative model to partner with a group of organizations in Oakland, CA, to collect demographic, educational, crime, and behavioral health data that resulted in a data book titled Under the Microscope: Asian and Pacific Islander Youth in Oakland • Needs • Issues • Solutions that subsequently formed the foundation to create a youth center in the Chinatown area. A similar process occurred in San Francisco with the publication Moving Beyond Exclusion as the end product.
NCCD has produced data portraits of other communities including educational needs of API youth in Richmond, CA, and Pacific Islanders and The Latino Data Book, both focused on Oakland, CA. NCCD is collecting data for 75 cities with the highest rate per 100,000 population for homicides, disaggregated by gender and race, and correlated to the unemployment, poverty, and educational achievement rates of the residents of these cities.