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Defining Community-Engaged Research

There is a spectrum of Community-based Research conducted at the University of Minnesota. According to the University of Minnesota’s Performance of Community-based Research Guidance Statement, “When conducting or participating in these research activities, the university desires to engage the community, strengthen community linkages, and respect community values.”

“When conducting or participating in these research activities, the university desires to engage the community, strengthen community linkages, and respect community values.”

One of the approaches, Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR), requires the unification of the academic researcher and the community. Within this partnership, the community members serve as active and equal participants throughout the entirety of a given project.

Together the partners create project ideas and procedures that respond to a need or question of a specific community. The motivation for each project is that the findings will be used to take actions towards solving the addressed community problem.

For such a partnership to exist, each side must uphold a level mutual trust, respect, collaboration and commitment to each other throughout the project. An awareness of individual and communal beliefs, values, knowledge and customs is crucial. Accordingly, partners will communicate openly about demographic issues as well as community and personal concerns to agree upon a mission and a method. As a unified team, the partners will share responsibilities to reach their goals.