Community-Based Participatory Research

Sarah Gehlert, Sarah Kye-Price and Venera Bekteshi

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online June 2012 | | DOI:
Community-Based Participatory Research

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This entry identifies resources relevant to social work’s use of community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches in a variety of settings with a range of topics. CBPR is a process of inclusive participation in research in which academic researchers and community stakeholders work together to create a partnership that extends from the time before a research project begins to after its completion. CBPR represents a balance between research and invoking/realizing community power. This level of community participation distinguishes CBPR from other forms of community-based research. Rather than being a method or theory itself, CBPR is an orientation to research. It may be based on a variety of theories and entail qualitative, quantitative (including randomized clinical trials), or mixed methods. CBPR researchers focus their efforts not only on the substantive research area under investigation but also on the processes of partnership formation, open discussion of power and privilege, identification of common goals, collective action to design and implement research, and community improvement. The ecological nature of CBPR approaches fits well with social work’s multisystemic perspective on human behavior; likewise, CBPR’s emphasis on social justice and community-level change is a clear fit with the values and ethics of social work. The bibliography provided offers an overview of CBPR in areas of particular relevance to scholars and practitioners of social work.

Article.  6040 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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