Using Research for Change


  • To understand how research can help you advocate or make a better argument
  • To see how other groups have used research to make change


  • Skit Scenario 1 worksheet (1 copy)
  • Skit Scenario 2 worksheet (1 copy)
  • Skit Scenario 3 worksheet (1 copy)
  • Other Scenarios worksheet (copies as needed)
  • Chart paper/whiteboard/chalkboard
  • Markers/dry erase markers/chalk

Prepare Before


Warm Up

Brainstorm a definition of research.


Split the participants into three teams. Each team will have to plan out a skit using scenarios in which research is used to make an argument.

Each skit has to answer the questions:

  • What is the problem they are addressing?
  • What is their solution?
  • How did they use research to advocate for their solution?

After ten minutes each team presents its skit to the entire group.


Why do you think these groups used research in their campaign for changing their community?

  • Example: Helped them prove their point.
  • Example: Made them better advocates (e.g., knew their constituency, the opinions of people they were trying to represent).

What kind of research was best for making a solid argument (e.g., video evidence, surveys, statistics, interviews)? Why?


Sometimes research can help us better understand the problem. It can also help others to understand our point.


Get back into the same teams from your role play.  As a team, write down three different issues, problems, or topics that are important in your community.

For each problem or issue, come up with an idea that would help improve the problem. For each issue, what do you need to know more about to help understand it?

Share your answers in the larger group.


What is one advantage of doing research?

Why can research help us create change?