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Benefits of Community Engaged Research

Community engagement in research has enabled ACADEMIC RESEARCHERS to:

  • Increase the validity within the study by improving accuracy of measurements
  • Conduct research that can be implemented in partnership with the studied communities
  • Design meaningful and effective community interventions that are culturally and linguistically appropriate for communities

Community engagement in research has enabled COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS to:

  • Ask questions that are meaningful to their community members
  • Develop and evaluate effective programs for their clients
  • Demonstrate effectiveness of their programs for future funding opportunities
  • Increase the legitimacy of their work among funders, policy-makers and other stakeholders

Principles of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR)

One type of community engaged research is community-based participatory research (CBPR), also known as participatory action research and community-partnered participatory research.

CBPR is an approach to research that is rooted in the principles of equity, justice, and fairness and that aims to ensure that all the partners in a research project obtain what they need from the research project.

  • FOCUS on public health issues relevant to the community, including those influenced be social and economic determinants

  • DISSEMINATE results to all partners and identify stakeholders who can influence chance

  • BUILD on strengths and expertise within the community

  • FACILITATE an equitable partnership in all phases of the research that aims to both empower & share power

  • RECOGNIZE the community as a unity of identity with shared experiences related to race, socioeconomic status, occupation, etc.

  • FOSTER co-learning and capacity building among all partners

  • COMMIT to a sustainable, and when possible, long term investment in the partnership

  • INTEGRATE a balance between knowledge generation and action