Community Based Research (CBR)

Students are given the opportunity to work on a research project that is part of a course and has been co-created and developed through the collaboration of a community partner and a researcher (e.g., course director). Not only must CBR activity satisfy the student learning outcomes of the course but it must also satisfy the needs of the community partner. It is: practically relevant to the community; collaborative and action-oriented. The CBR project may take the form of an applied independent research study or thesis.

CBR activities are normally completed within the duration of a full-year 6.0 credit course (i.e., 24 weeks). Community partners often participate in the assessment of the students’ work and benefit from this work which may take the form of project reports, presentations, or recommendations.

For an excellent resource on CBR more broadly, Visit the Center for Community Based Research website: http://www.communitybasedresearch.ca/Page/View/CBR_definition