Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a partnership approach to research that equitably involves, for example, community members, organizational representatives, and researchers in all aspects of the research process and in which all partners contribute expertise and share decision making and ownership. The aim of CBPR is to increase knowledge and understanding of a given phenomenon and integrate the knowledge gained with interventions and policy and social change to improve the health and quality of life of community members.
The goal of the NCR 594 Project is to increase community social capital. Theoretically, this means strengthening the community’s social and psychological ties. In English, this means the aim of this work is to improve community relations (social ties), improve community pride and involvement (psychological ties) and increase the ability of the community to successfully plan and implement community-wide goals and projects and solve community problems (community social capital).
The purpose of community-based participatory research is to involve the people who will be the subjects of the research in the planning and conduct of that research. The idea being to provide the necessary skills and training to conduct scientifically rigorous and valid research to members of the community. Initially, these people will be the participants of the NCR 594 Project leadership development trainings. As the NCR 594 Project establishes itself as a research organization the objective will to draw from a wider range of community members and researchers. The ultimate goal of the NCR 594 Project is to build leaders from within the community who can effectively represent the interests and aspirations of the community and its residents.