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