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What is Community Based Research?

Community based research (CBR) is an approach to research that enables community members to be active participants and collaborators in the research process. CBR is a way to empower community members in developing their own work through the participatory research process. The goal of CBR is to initiate positive social change through action and advocacy based on firm research evidence.

Community based research strives to be:

(Adapted from the Centre for Community Based Research)

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Maurrasse, David. (2001). Beyond the Campus: How Colleges and Universities Form Partnerships with their Communities. New York: Rutledge.

Kerry J. Strand., Cutforth, N., Stoecker, R., & Marullo, S. (2003). Community-Based Research and Higher Education: Principles and Practices. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Barbara A. Israel., Schulz, Amy J., Parker, Edith A., & Becker, Adam B., ( 1998). Review of Community Based Research: Assessing Partnership Approaches to Improve Public Health. Annual Review of Public Health, 19, 173-202.