CIRU (Community Information and Research Unit) is a division of NLPC Limited that focuses on communityeconomic wellbeing and social research. We have 3 key aims:
We investigate social and economic issues impacting communities, finding out fundamental root causes and understanding the polarising effect it can have on residents of the community.
We demonstrate the effectiveness of good models of practice and how new approaches to issues can possibly solve some of the deep-rooted problems within our communities based on evidence from our research.
Using all of the information and research we collect, we begin to develop policies, strategies and service provisions to tackle community issues.
At CIRU, we believe in empowering local residents to become active members of their social society by undertaking needs analysis, impact assessments (looking at what works in their communities), monitoring and evaluating programmes, as well as strategic and policy analysis of issues impacting the wider community. Our desire for this is underpinned by our yearning for our city to become a world class learning environment, and we believe that we need more strong contributing voices from diverse communities to provide critical information concerning issues affecting our local communities.
We want CIRU to serve as a knowledge resource for the wider community, enhancing public engagement and producing high quality, relevant research and data that is designed to contribute to the social and economic wellbeing of the community.
CIRU seeks to facilitate cross sector partnerships and collaborations between local residents, voluntary/community groups, mainstream organisations & institutions, and the private sector. Our mandate is to encourage active citizenship and empower local residents to become social scientists and commentators on issues impacting their daily lives.
- To enable the capacity of local residents to provide independent, participatory community research and consultation in response to their identified and expressed community needs
- To serve the needs of the community through research and consultations designed to inform and impact policy, as well as the overall social and economic wellbeing of the wider community
- To connect the analysis of community needs/problems with relevant solutions that are innovative and based on a model of good practices
- To enable cross sector and cross service knowledge transfer
- To encourage active citizenship through the training and inclusion of local residents in the research and consultation process
- To recognise and utilise the experiential knowledge of communities in determining its long term future
- To contribute to the understanding of Diaspora communities in national and international development