By Murray Hawtin, Janie Percy-Smith
Social auditing and community profiles are increasingly being used in relation to a number of policy areas including: housing, community care, community health, urban regeneration and local economic development. "Community Profiling" provides a practical guide to the community profiling process which can be used by professionals involved in the planning and delivery of services, community workers, community organizations, voluntary groups and tenants' associations. In addition, it should provide a step-by-step guide for social science students involved in practical research projects. The book takes the reader throygh the community profiling process beginning with consideration of what a community profile is, defining aims and objectives and planning the research. It then looks at a variety of methods for collecting, storing and analyzing information and ways of involving the local community. Finally, it considers how to present the informaiton and develop appropriate action-plans. The book also includes a comprehensive annotated bibliography of recent community profiles and related literature.