What is Community-Engaged Research?

Community-engaged research is done in partnership with patients, health service systems, community-based-organizations, and other stakeholder groups.  The nature of the partnership is based on a number of factors, such as research objectives. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is one approach to community-engaged research. CBPR includes all partners equitably in the research project so that each partner’s unique strengths and expertise informs the research from conception to dissemination.

Why Community-Engaged Research?

Through partnerships with schools, faith communities, community-based-organizations, patients, healthcare providers, and other stakeholder groups, community-engaged researchers have the potential to:

  • Incorporate lived-experience insights into questions, hypotheses, or data interpretation.
  • Design research for easy translation to real-world health settings and situations.
  • Improve cultural- and language-appropriate communication and interventions.
  • Encourage participant recruitment, enrollment, and retention by community interactions.
  • Mitigate risk to the specific community by developing appropriate protections.
  • Build greater trust between academic researchers and communities, which may lead to additional collaborations.
  • Reach under-represented and under-served populations.