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The role of the community-based action researcher

Martin O’Neill

in Community health and wellbeing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348180
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348180.003.0006
The role of the community-based action researcher

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This chapter examines one particular way in which projects sought to engage communities in the action research process and discusses the role and experiences of community-based action researchers (CBARs). The analysis reveals that the Sustainable Health Action Research Programme (SHARP) projects which used the CBAR model found that it worked. The CBARs gave projects an entrée into communities and brought a very different perspective from that which would have been provided by traditional researchers. However, there are social risks and ethical issues in the CBAR model that need to be considered and properly addressed.

Keywords: action research; communities; CBAR; SHARP projects; research; social risks; ethical issues

Chapter.  6392 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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