The Community Development Foundation has published a report on their 2009 survey on Community Development workers in England. Findings from the survey include:
- 42% of paid workers were employed by the voluntary and community sector and 36% were employed by the public sector, predominately by the local authority.
- Respondents’ roles were funded primarily by the public sector.
- Volunteers were extremely dedicated, as 51% had been volunteering in CD for 10 years or more.
- The percentage of respondents who are over 44 has gone up to 62% from 37% in 2002.
The main activities CD workers carry out are:
- working face-to-face with community members (over a quarter of their time), although the majority would still like to spend more time on this
- office-based activities, although most feel bureaucratic processes should be kept to a minimum.
CD workers monitor and evaluate their work by:
- collecting information or data for management, organisational, funding or CD purposes
- receiving ongoing feedback from the community, and recording stories and events that capture the long-term benefits of CD work
- using local community members to review or assess their work (third of respondents)
- collecting information to address the changing needs of the community.