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Community-based research (CBR) is in high demand. More and more, communities and academic researchers are partnering in order to learn about and address real-world issues. We are wrestling with deep-rooted inequities and global challenges that defy simple answers, and CBR can be a powerful way to address these challenges by harnessing our collective knowledge and resources. Unfortunately, not everything that goes under the name “community-based research” lives up to the promise. More support is needed to help this work flourish.
In order to address this, the Community Research Collaborative facilitated a 9-month process that brought together community leaders and academic researchers at the University of Utah to co-develop guidelines for research partnerships. The group wanted to share best practices for CBR with both both community-based and university-based people who want to do collaborative research.
The result was It Together: Community-Based Research Guidelines for Communities and Higher Education. The report is an updated and revised version of the 2007 UNP report, Guidelines for Community-Based Research. This new version includes an expanded set of principles and integrates lessons learned from the growth of CBR over the last 15 years.
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