What is Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) ?
The concept of doing research with a community is what community-based participatory research (CBPR) or community engaged research is all about. CBPR is is a collaborative approach to research. It requires the involvement of the community affected by the issue being studied so that they too can benefit from the researchers’ findings. CBPR involves co-learning and sharing of experience and knowledge between the community and the scientific researchers. Additionally, the community and the scientific researchers share decision-making powers.
Why is CBPR important?
CBPR allows you and other members of your community a chance to see the research firsthand. As the name implies, the community is central to the research. This allows you to feel very involved in each step. When your community feels that their input is significant, they are more likely to give meaningful feedback and collaborate. Collaboration between your community and the researchers will improve the insight of both parties. A close relationship will result in a smoother process.
Why is this type of study being used?
CBPR allows you to be involved! When you and members of your community provide feedback at each step, negative effects to the community are reduced. This type of research creates a bridge for knowledge to pass between community members and researchers.