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Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is an approach to health and environmental research meant to increase the value of studies for both researchers and the communities being studied. CBPR creates bridges between scientists and communities, through the use of shared knowledge and valuable experiences.

  1. Recognizes community as a unit of identity.
  2. Builds on strengths and resources within the community.
  3. Facilitates collaborative, equitable partnership in all phases of the research.
  4. Promotes co-learning and capacity building among all partners.
  5. Integrates and achieves a balance between research and action for the mutual benefit of all partners.
  6. Emphasizes local relevance of public health problems and ecological perspectives that recognize and attend to the multiple determinants of health and disease.
  7. Involves systems development through a cyclical and iterative process.
  8. Disseminates findings and knowledge gained to all partners and involves all partners in the dissemination process.
  9. Involves a long-term process and commitment.

Minkler M, Wallerstein N (Eds.). Community Based Participatory Research for Health. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass & Co., 2003.


IWH Community Engaged Research - References List (5-09) click here

"Promoting Healthy Public Policy through CBPR: Ten Case Studies" is available at:  

This report is the product of collaboration between the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and Policy Link.  It shares 10 case studies of diverse community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnerships around the United States that have in common a commitment to foster healthy public policy.

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