“A collaborative approach to research that equitably
involves all partners in the research process and recognizes the unique
strengths that each brings. [Community-Based Research] begins with a
research topic of importance to the community and has the aim of combining
knowledge with action and achieving social change...”
~ WK Kellogg Foundation Community Health Scholars Program
Within any college community, there exists a symbiosis between the college and the community at-large. One aspect of the FACE Center’s mission is to facilitate and support that relationship in all of its various facets.
Community-Based Research is research that strives to be:
Community situated – It begins with a research topic of practical relevance to the community (as opposed to individual scholars) and is carried out in community settings.
Collaborative – Community members and researchers equitably share control of the research agenda through active and reciprocal involvement in the research design, implementation and dissemination.
Action-oriented – The process and results are useful to community members in making positive social change and to promote social equity.
Hallmarks of community based research
- The relevance of the research topic is identified or verified by community members.
- The resources of research (financial, expertise, etc.) are shared with community members, particularly those most affected by the research topic.
- The research process recognizes and utilizes the expertise that community members have.
- The research process recognizes and addresses power imbalances between researchers and community members.
- The research process is driven by values, including: empowerment, supportive relationships, social change, learning as an ongoing process and respect for diversity.
- The research process and results are accessible and understandable to community members.
- The research process and results consider and adapt to the context in which the research is conducted.
- The research leaves a legacy, both in terms of the utilization of research results, as well as in the future collaboration among partners.
The Community-Based Research arm of the FACE Center is intended to connect SUNY Fredonia students and faculty with community organizations needing research and information. We believe that higher education is uniquely positioned to help address pressing issues within our local communities such as environmental threats, school and educational decline, growing crime rates, immigrant issues and economic inequality. The FACE Center also believes that community-based research is a unique tool for preparing students for lives of civic engagement and social responsibility. It allows them to apply the skills and knowledge gained in the classroom in situations that expand their understanding of the world, increasing their commitment to our democratic society.
In time we anticipate this website to become a resource for both the campus and at-large community with regard to forging, fostering and maintaining those community-based research connections. If you have information about a pertinent community-based research project, please complete the community form if you are a community member or organization, or the faculty form if you are a faculty member.