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The Research Group works independently, as well as with partners.

OCDC's research is designed to contribute to the global dialogue and to have useful, practical implications.

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RESEARCH APPROACH

The RG designs, directly undertakes and partners with academic and practitioner partners to carry out rigorous research that helps bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Current interests include

Within these areas, research interests reflect member priorities and fill gaps in existing research.

 

The Research Group Working Hypothesis

Is that cooperative development, when done well is a powerful instrument for measurably enhancing the economic, social and community well-being of cooperative members.

However, the research activities are carried out in an objective manner, following the evidence where it leads. It also seeks to understand nuance and complexity while at the same time seeking generalizable outcomes.

THE CURRENT RESEARCH AGENDA

The Research Group is focused on an agenda approved by OCDC’s board of directors, which is updated annually.

Lessons derived from this research will be applied in the design of cooperative development programs by OCDC members, as well as shared widely within the international cooperative development community. Visit our Initiatives page to learn more about our ongoing research!

KEY THEMES IN OUR BROADER RESEARCH AGENDA INCLUDE:

WE ALSO WILL EXPLORE:

CONNECTIONS TO COMMUNITY

The Research Group works independently, as well as with partners. It works collaboratively with OCDC members on issues of common interest. In addition, it supports individual cooperative development organization (CDO) research through technical assistance and dissemination of results.

The Research Group also works with other organizations to design, co-fund and carry out specific research initiatives. Organizations interested in partnering with the Research Group to carry out research in partnership or to disseminate their own research may contact us at researchgroup@ocdc.coop

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