"Community-based research relies on the involvement of community members, organizational representatives, and researchers...Partners contribute their expertise to enhance understanding of a given phenomenon and to integrate the knowledge gained with action to benefit the community involved." (emphasis added)
Israel, B.A., Schulz, A.J., Parker, E.A., & Becker, A.B. (1998). "Review of community-based research:
Assessing partnership approaches to improve public health." Annual Review of Public Health 19, 173-202.
It is important to understand the community you are researching. You must put aside any assumptions or biases you bring to the community and rely on the information you collect to provide a deep, data-driven picture of the community you are working with. Questions to help guide this research may include:
This page provides links to resources you can use to learn about your community, including demographic and other data, as well as local news sources