Community Engaged & Community-Based Participatory Research

Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR)“...[is] a collaborative approach to research that...involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each [partner] brings” (W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 2001). CBPR begins with a community-identified research topic of importance. The impact of CBPR is realized by combining collaborative knowledge and action to achieve social change; improve health outcomes; and eliminate health disparities. CBPR requires inputs from the community and academic partners from project inception to implementation, and completion of deliverables. Community engaged research (CEnR) is an approach for conducting research that is guided by the identified needs of the communities. The research, although driven by community needs, is largely conducted by the academic partner with ongoing input from the community partner. Therefore, the success of the research depends on the relationship between the two. The SCI-CPP works to facilitate both CBPR and CEnR projects, finding and matching academic and community partners with joint cancer interests and concerns.