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Good Evidence: A guide to help community organisations produce research that gets taken seriously

This research guide aims to help community-based researchers leverage their strengths for producing important and useful research findings by providing them with a framework to build trustworthiness into their research.


Specifically aimed at those who find themselves in a position to conduct research without being research specialists, the guide:


  • Introduces three basic principles – trustworthiness, ethics and bias – that all researchers should think about throughout the research process
  • Shows how these principles can be embedded in each stage of the research process – from research design and planning to data collection to dissemination.
  • Provides short summary narratives for each topic, with tips for further reading.
  • Signposts readers to freely available resources to deepen their understanding of each topic as appropriate.


This guide was developed based on learning from Ambition for Ageing’s Ageing Equally research project that supported small community organisations with conducting research, as well as GMCVO’s wider research work.


The guide is available to download below.