Action Research and Utilization
As in the previous ZRP, the research to be approved can in fact all be interwoven to form the different facets of one particular aspect of the research agenda on urbanization. Being one of two zones in the NCR, urbanization is a relevant topic that has wide and far-reaching yet underexplored implications on the different aspects of city living. Through a collaborative and advocacy-oriented research approach, the ZRP seeks to further address this research gap and contribute to the literature on urbanization in the Philippines and in the process help further develop the competence of various junior faculties in doing actual research work. Moreover, support for paper presentations or research dissemination initiatives may be provided for faculty from our zone’s HEIs granting they earn the approbation of our select peer reviewers or research experts and mentors.
Project 1. Action Research on Integrity and Urbanization
This is a three-year action research project to be carried out by the ZRC that will look into the building of social capital in urban centers for the strengthening of major institutions in urban society. This “Integrity Action Project” will involve researchers from various disciplines investigating the contexts, discourses and frames in which a lexicon and action structures for integrity may be identified and constituted. The Program involves three phases: basic researches on the contexts of, and discourses on integrity, intervention strategies for framing integrity and enhancing social capital in selected institutions, and the evaluation of strategies and crafting a models for Filipino integrity. The researches to be conducted in the first year of the program are: 1) Exploration of the Contexts of Integrity Actions; 2) Mapping Gawad Kalinga’s Transformative Experiences: Integrity and Urban Community Development; and, 3) Discourse Analysis of the Language of Integrity and Frames for Integrity Actions.
Project.2:Research Dissemination and Utilization
An important component of the research process is dissemination and utilization of generated information. Publication and paper presentations are crucial so that these researches may be critiqued and eventually utilized, either to stimulate further research or to make policy recommendations. Depending on the outputs and outcomes of the GIA projects within the Zone, the planned RMIS-research culture studies, CHED program development initiatives over the next three years, and requests from various HEI researchers within the zone, the ZRP will consider providing modicum support for selected partners, both individuals or institutions, granting the approbation of our research experts and our CHED OPPRI supervisors.