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What is Community-Based Research?

Community-based research broadly defined, is research conducted by, for or with the participation of community members. It includes, for example, action research, feminist research, and other forms of participatory research. For the purposes of our definition, "community" is not defined exclusively by geographic region but includes communities of interest, occupation, history, language etc.

More often than not community-based research involves the collaboration of community members (represented by grassroots activists, community-based organizations, workers etc.), and experts (represented by university researchers, professional scientists, etc.). At its best, the outcome of such a collaboration can have powerful and long-lasting results that reflect the investment of each party and the benefits of working together.

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