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Community-Based Research 

Overview  |  Guides  |  Campus Examples  |  Documents to Download



  • Bonner CBR Implementation Models a powerpoint that gives an overview of community-based research and shares case studies from The College of New Jersey and Washington & Lee University that highlight best practices in implementing CBR into academic courses and internships.
  • Engaging Undergraduates in Community-Based Research a powerpoint presentation that provides suggestions on how to structure CBR projects to achieve student learning outcomes.  
  • Building Campus Infrastructure to Support CBR/PolicyOptions - this presentation gives an overview of the campus approaches for institutionalizing community-based research support, and includes notes and questions that will guide planning for the various components of a campus-wide initiative.
  • Community-Based Research - Fully developed training module providing an overview of CBR. Includes literature and handouts.   



  • CBR Institutionalization Checklist:  The following pages contain a series of questions about the state of your CBR on campus not only as an individual program, but also within the context of the entire university. It is both an assessment and a reflection tool. We recognize that every program is at a different place in its development and that some of these questions might not even apply, but your answers provide a glimpse of where CBR is at your institution and might reveal to you where your next priorities should be.
  • Bonner CBR Implementation Guide:  This presentation gives an overview of community-based research and shares case studies from The College of New Jersey and Washington & Lee University that highlight best practices in implementing CBR into academic courses and internships.   
  • Review Criteria and Rating Scale for Community-Based Participatory Research by Lawrence Green, DrPH:  The following tools can help research partners gain perspective on a research idea and guide their thinking and planning for projects. They are not meant to proscribe a particular approach, but rather to spell out the categories and questions that pertain to a continuum of engagement. The  rst part of this document lists review criteria for community-based participatory research proposals. The second part applies a 5-point rating scale to these criteria to help researchers and their partners discern the degree to which their project design is participatory and action-oriented. 






Community-based research (CBR) refers to collaborative investigation by academics and non-academic community members that fosters positive change on a local level. Despite recent trends toward engaged scholarship, few publications demonstrate how to effectively integrate CBR into academic course work or take advantage of its potential for achieving community change. 

Randy Stoecker has been “practicing” forms of community-engaged scholarship, including service learning, for thirty years now, and he readily admits, “Practice does not make perfect.” In his highly personal critique, Liberating Service Learning and the Rest of Higher Education Civic Engagement, the author worries about the contradictions, unrealized potential, and unrecognized urgency of the causes as well as the risks and rewards of this work. 




Published CBR Papers 



  • Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement
  • Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning:  Since 1994, the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (MJCSL) has been the premiere national, peer-reviewed journal publishing articles written by faculty and service-learning educators on research, theory, pedagogy, and other issues related to academic (curriculum-based) service-learning in higher education. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning  
  • Wingspread Journal: expanding the civic mission of higher education. The articles here trace the history and importance of the civic mission in higher education, assess where higher education is in this arena, and look to the future. Wingspread Journal: "Beyond the Ivory Tower" 

  • The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement is published by the Institute of Higher Education.  See Vol. 10, Issue 3, and Vol. 11  Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement Features CBR Articles from 2006 CCPH Conference
  • Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education:  The Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education aims to advance the status and prospects for publicly engaged teaching and research in the academy by showcasing the new disciplinary and/or pedagogical knowledge generated by engagement with the community. 
  • Publishing outlets with descriptions and website addresses for CBR and Service-Learning work: Publishing outlets
  • Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education:  a new on-line, refereed journal examining perspectives, research, and practices of community engagement and community-based learning in higher education. The date for the first publication is projected for Spring 2009.
  • New Times Demand New Scholarship II (Appendix):  List of publications featuring community-based research, research on civic engagement, and engaged teaching and learning.  Publications featuring CBR & CE 






Other Sources

  • Community-Based Participatory Research & Health: This webpage, compiled by Campus-Community Partnerships for Health (CCPH) offers a wealth of information and resources on community-based participatory research, with an emphasis on public health related topics.  
  • Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community-based_participatory_research 
  • Campus Compact Knowledge Hub - Engaged Research: This resource area provides information about the principles, methods, and practices for engaging in ethical and reciprocal research with communities. 
  • Community Learning Partnership (CLP) — Virtually every course offered by a CLP site includes some experience with community-based research as background for taking action. This page offers a series of guides on teaching action research. CLP believes action research is integral to a student developing his/her critical consciousness, understanding of organizing, ability to analyze power and how it’s exercised, and comprehension of regional issues and their social, economic and political background and organizing history. 


Organizations and Networks

ALARA is a strategic network of people interested in using action research and action learning to generate collaborative learning, research and action to transform workplaces, schools, colleges, universities, communities, voluntary organisations, governments and businesses.

ALARA's vision is that action research and action learning will be widely used and publicly shared by individuals and groups creating local and global change for the achievement of a more equitable, just, joyful, productive, peaceful and sustainable society. See "ALARA Flyer" below for more, or keep browsing this website.  


  • Centre for Community Based Research: CCBR is an independent, non-profit organization located in Kitchener, Ontario.  Founded in 1982, CCBR believes in the power of knowledge to impact positive social change and is focused on strengthening communities through social research.  


Community Based Research Canada (CBRC) is a network of people and organizations engaged in Community-Based Research to meet the needs of people and communities. CBRC came into being through the Community University Expo Conference held in Victoria, BC in May of 2008. At that event a group of Canadian universities, research networks and community organizations launched CBRC with a declaration that stated:  


This coalition of Canadian universities, research networks, and community organizations at CUexpo2008 in Victoria, British Columbia, is intended to enable and empower citizens across Canada to access, produce, and put into action knowledge that will make their communities more sustainable, fairer, safer, healthier, and prosperous.


CCPH is a nonprofit organization that promotes health through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions. Founded in 1996, we are a growing network of over 1000 communities and campuses throughout the United States and increasingly the world that are collaborating to promote health through service-learning, community-based participatory research, broad-based coalitions and other partnership strategies. These partnerships are powerful tools for improving health professional education, civic engagement and the overall health of communities.


The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and its affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at predominantly undergraduate institutions.


The Detroit URC is a community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnership conducting research and interventions to reduce and ultimately eliminate health inequities in the city of Detroit. This website contains news and updates, networking opportunities, CBPR tools, policy advocacy resources and much more.


ICR is a nonprofit organization based in Hartford, CT whose focus is to use the tools of research to build community capacity and foster collaborative community-based partnerships.


  • Institute for Knowledge Mobilization: The Institute for Knowledge Mobilization is a non-profit think tank focused on: education, learning and capacity development on issues of knowledge mobilization; collaboration and community engagement; applied research and policy support; and evaluation and monitoring. 


Science Shops are not “shops” in the traditional sense of the word. They are small entities that carry out scientific research in a wide range of disciplines – usually free of charge and – on behalf of citizens and local civil society. The fact that Science shops respond to civil society’s needs for expertise and knowledge is a key element that distinguish them from other knowledge transfer mechanisms. Science Shops are often, but not always, linked to universities, where students conduct the research as part of their curriculum.


The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of young scholars welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum. Through this annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship, and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education. 


The Society for Community Research and Action - Community Psychology, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association -is an international organization devoted to advancing theory, research, and social action. Its members are committed to promoting health and empowerment and to preventing problems in communities, groups, and individuals. SCRA serves many different disciplines that focus on community research and action.


Searching for solutions to global issues requires multicultural dialogue and action research. UCP-SARnet provides a platform for such dialogue and promotes involvement in participatory action research.  We invite you to join our emerging network of faculty, students and community activists worldwide. On this portal you may share with them your perspective on an impact cultural context has on organization and effectiveness of community programs. You may find here new ideas for solutions of local community issues. You may also find an inspiration for involvement in the global community.


National Funders


  • Government
    • HUD Office of University PartnershipsThe Office of University Partnerships (OUP) facilitates the formation of campus-community partnerships through sharing information about community partnership development, in general, and about OUP's various funded programs. Our Web site provides many helpful resources, including funding, research, news, events, technical assistance, and highlights of campus-community activities nationwide. OUP is committed to helping colleges and universities join with their neighbors to address urban problems—partnerships that enable students, faculty, and neighborhood organizations to work together to revitalize the economy, generate jobs, and rebuild healthy communities.
  • Foundation
    • Sociological Initiatives Foundation: The Sociological Initiatives Foundation provides grants of $5,000 to $15,000 to support community-based research projects.  Areas of interest include but are not limited to social justice, social welfare, human rights, literacy, language learning and use, dialect use and curricular issues in teaching second languages and non-native languages.  The Foundation is also interested in supporting research by sociologists and linguists that provide a direct benefit to communities.