Engaging People in Communities (EPIC)
Facilitates Community Based Research and Knowledge Exchange


ARGO Action Research Go!

Dr. Gemma Carney, Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, NUI Galway
Email: gemma.carney@nuigalway.ie
Ann Lyons, Community Knowledge Initiative, NUI Galway
Email: ann.lyons@nuigalway.ie

MISSION STATEMENT: ARGO is a group that will support, promote and share action research activities by staff, students and community partners, with action research understood as including practices that are participatory, democratic and socially transformative. The group will welcome all those who subscribe to these principles of research - members do not need to be actively involved in research to attend. Those who are actively involved in research will be able to present their research and receive feedback and support in their research activities. We have a number of community partners who are developing a myriad of innovative research projects.ARGO provides a mutually supportive environment within which these projects can be developed. For instance, at our June meeting (June 6 2013), two very different projects were presented. The first presentation was by the coordinator of a Family Resource Centre on his use of poverty statistics to leverage funding for his community. The second was by a teacher who is doing an action research PhD project on inter-culturalism in a gaelscoil got some help in writing up her results.The next meeting of ARGO will be held on Thursday September 26th, 3.30pm - 5.30pm, in Room 207, Arts Millennium Building, NUI Galway. Watch this space for further details!

THREESIS: Open Your Mind....and Get to the Point! Final 2013

Threesis is an academic challenge for all NUI Galway staff, contract, postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers, and undergraduate students.

The challenge was to present research in 3 slides and 3 minutes to 3 judges in a way that anyone and everyone can understand. Five heats were held on campus before Christmas, with 3 winners from each heat going on to the final.

The Final was held on 12th of December 2013, in An Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe and the winner was James Curry, 'The Use of Visual Imagery in the Irish Labour Press, 1913-14' , Humanities in Context Research Area.

EPIC Events- Semester 2-2013:

Workshop- Doing Action Research: Professor Jean Mc Niff, Independent researcher

Date: Tuesday, 26th February
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Venue: Room SC200A, The Concourse, NUI Galway

Event details: This is a full-day workshop and will address issues regarding the principles and practices of action research, and how it differs from other approaches to research. [view more]

Workshop- Using a Logic Model Approach to Evaluation: Siobhan McGrory, Independent Consultant and Trainer

Date: Friday, 22nd MArch
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Venue: Room SC200A, The Concourse, NUI Galway

Event Details: This event is a half-day workshop (morning) and will provide an introduction to a practical Logic Model framework for planning and measuring outcome-focused work, examining what is an outcome-focused approach why it may be useful to work in this way. [view more]

CKI 10th Aniversary Lecture- Knowledge Democracy: What is it and Why is it important?: Professor Budd Hall, Co- Chair of the UNESCO in Community-Based Researcg and Social Responsibility in Higher Education.

Date: Wednesday, 10th April
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Venue: Siobhan McKenna Theatre, Arts Millenium Building, NUI Galway

Event Details: This lecture will discuss future possibilities in the area of community-university engagement at NUI Galway, exploring practices associated with community-based research and the opportunities for the co-creation of Knowledge between the university and the wider community. [view more]

Workshop- Community Arts/ Socially Engaged Arts in practice: Professor Darlene E. Clover, University of Victoria, Canada

Date: Wednesday, 10th April
Time: 10 am t0 1 pm
Venue: The View, Aras na MacLeinn, NUI Galway

Event Details: Oriented towards those involved in community-based arts as well as interested staff and students in the university, this half-day workshop will look at the definitions, potentials and challenges of community-based and socially engaged arts practices. [view more]

Workshop- Doing Community-Based Research: Professor Budd Hall and Professor Darle E. Clover

Date: Thursday, 11th April
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Venue: The Moore Institute Seminar Room

Event Details: This day-long workshop will be co-facilitated by Professors Budd Hall and Darlene E. Clover and will look at the practical issues involved in establishing and sustaining community-university research partnerships. [view more]

Community-Engaged Research- Experiences of CARL at University College Cork: Dr. Kenneth Burns, CARL ( Community-Academic Research Links), UCC

Date: Wednesday 17th April

Event 1: Meeting with members of academic staff

Event 2: Lunch-time Seminar

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Public Talk-Complexity and Collaboration. Jointly organized with Green Sod Ireland: Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly, London School of Economics

Date: Thursday, 18th April
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: The Moore Institute Seminar Room

Event Details: This public talk will introduce and evaluate a variety of qualitative and quantitative tools and methods which can be used to apply complexity theory to organisational change in different environments. [view more]