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Community Research

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Community Research


Community-based research typically pairs community residents and nonprofit practitioners with academic scholars to produce useful studies on items of immediate interest and relevance to community members.


According to Richard Sclove,


* Community-based research produces KNOWLEDGE THAT CONTRIBUTES TO CONSTRUCTIVE, SUSTAINABLE CHANGE and often impacts local and national policies.

* PARTICIPATION AND COLLABORATION ARE THE DRIVING FORCES behind community-based research. Successful initiatives overcome tensions between professional researchers, practitioners, and concerned residents to respond to pressing community problems and needs.

* Community-based research often PRODUCES POWERFUL, FAR-REACHING, AND SOMETIMES UNANTICIPATED RESULTS, including heightened social trust and relationships.


Community-Based Research

May 1999

No. 3

retrieved online at http://www.nonprofitresearch.org/newsletter1525/newsletter_show.htm?doc_id=16337

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