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What is Community Based Research?
The term community based research is increasingly being used across a variety of settings. But what does it mean? We at CCBR, together with our partners, have developed the following working definition.
Community based research is research that strives to be:
Community situated -begins with a research topic of practical relevance to the community (as opposed to individual scholars) and is carried out in community settings.
Collaborative -community members and researchers equitably share control of the research agenda through active and reciprocal involvement in the research design, implementation and dissemination.
Action-oriented -the process and results are useful to community members in making positive social change and to promote social equity.
Hallmarks of community based research
Formerly Centre for Research and Education in Human Services (CREHS)