Community Based Research

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Community Based Research (CBR) differs from Community Service Learning (CSL) with respect to the kinds of activities students undertake. In CBR, students undertake research that responds to a question that the community has identified as something they care about or want more information about.

In CBR, the goals are to:

  • Work with the community organization to develop a better understanding of an issue or question,
  • Provide information that can give direction to the organization (the research goal) while inspiring students to apply their academic knowledge to their critical analysis of the issue and to their roles as researchers (the learning goal).

CBR can be done by an individual student or by a group of students and can be spread over one or more academic terms or done in a more compressed time frame.


  • Reardon, K. (2000). An experiential approach to creating an effective community-university partnership: The East St. Louis action research project. Cityscape, 5(1), 59-74. Ubc-elink.png
  • Stocking, V. B., & Cutforth, N. (2006). Managing the challenges of teaching community-based research courses: Insights from two instructors. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 13(1), 56-65. Ubc-elink.png
  • Strand, K., Marullo, S., Cutforth, N., Stoecker, R., & Donohue, P. (2003). Principles of best practice for community-based research. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 9(3), 5-15. Ubc-elink.png

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