Participatory Research Web-Based Resources (Updated July 2013)





International Collaboration on Participatory Health Research (ICPHR)

The International Collaboration on Participatory Health Research (ICPHR) was established in 2009 to strengthen the role of PHR in intervention design and decision-making on health issues. The ICPHR is open to stakeholders from all countries interested in promoting the dissemination and further development of participatory health research approaches embedded in common values and principles. The work of the ICPHR is focused on bringing together systematically the knowledge and experience of PHR in different countries for the purpose of strengthening PHR regarding issues of quality, credibility, and impact on policy and practice.

The activities of the ICPHR include:

  • Developing guidelines for conducting and evaluating PHR
  • Describing the unique impact of PHR as compared to other research approaches
  • Describing which forms of theory and evidence are produced by this approach as compared to other forms of health research
  • Finding a means for conducting systematic reviews of the PHR literature in order to contribute to the body of international knowledge on improving community health
  • Creating a database of resources on the theory, practice, and outcomes of PHR




Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH)

A nonprofit organization that promotes health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions. We view health broadly as physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being and emphasize partnership approaches to health that focus on changing the conditions and environments in which people live, work and play.  Our strategic goals are to:

  • Leverage the knowledge, wisdom and experience in communities and in academic institutions to solve pressing health, social, environmental and economic challenges
  • Ensure that community-driven social change is central to the work of community-academic partnerships
  • Build the capacity of communities and academic institutions to engage each other in partnerships that balance power, share resources, and work towards systems change




CCPH's CBPR Curriculum

Creating Partnerships, Improving Health: The Role of Community-Based Participatory Research (AHRQ)

AHRQ is committed to improving care safety and quality by developing successful partnerships and generating the knowledge and tools required for long-term improvement. The central goal of our research is measurable improvements in health care in America, gauged in terms of improved quality of life and patient outcomes, lives saved, and value gained for what we spend.


AHRQ’s mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care by:

  • Using evidence to improve health care.
  • Improving health care outcomes through research.
  • Transforming research into practice





AHRQ Brief (pdf)


AHRQ Grants Involving CBPR


AHRQ Reports on CBPR


AHRQ-Funded CBPR Publications





CBR Networking Website

This website, which will be further developed over the next three years, already provides a number of valuable resources, including CBR news, conference announcements, calls for papers, funding opportunities, and links to CBR centers, consortia, and other information.  Keep an eye on the site for future developments, including (but not limited to):

  • CBR Center Starter Kits
  • CBR Starter Kits for faculty and community partners
  • Publicity materials
  • CBR Handbook
  • Assessment tools
  • CBR Success Stories

Membership in the CBR Networking listserv (moderated).


 (**This looks like a course webpage. Hasn’t been updated in 2years)



National Institute of Health (NIH)


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) continues supporting this collaborative approach; the NIH portfolio of CBPR increases annually in both quantity of funded projects and participating institutes/centers. More than two dozen Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) on CBPR have been released over the past decade with support from the following NIH components: NCI, NCRR (dissolved), NHLBI, NIAAA, NICHD, NIDA, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIEHS, NIMH, NIMHD (formerly NCMHD), NINR, OBSSR, and ORWH.


Additionally, a CBPR Scientific Interest Group (SIG) has been established at the NIH with the purpose of strengthening communication among federal agencies with an interest in supporting CBPR methodologies in the conduct of biomedical and behavioral research, education, health care delivery, or policy. The NIH CBPR SIG’s priority objectives are as follows:

  • Serve as a focal point to identify and develop new, coordinated activities to increase awareness, understanding and use of CBPR;
  • Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of CBPR;
  • Identify challenges and opportunities for supporting CBPR; Encourage research training and career development opportunities for CBPR researchers and practitioners; and
  • Serve as a network through which information can be shared regarding community-based participatory research activities.







2000 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Report:

The mission of the NIEHS is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives. The studies conducted at NIEHS are often long term and high risk in nature and involve unique components, such as epidemiological studies of environmentally associated diseases, toxicological testing of environmental substances and intervention and prevention studies to reduce the effects of exposures to hazardous environments




Successful Models of Community-Based Participatory Research



Funding Opportunities


Community Adaptation and Sustainable Livelihoods

Communities face unprecedented challenges to their livelihoods, their identities, their institutions, and their sense of place in the evolving global village. Will communities be able to cope with continued economic and ecological crises? Traditional approaches that promote high rates of economic growth have not led to sustained or evenly distributed benefits. What the world requires is a fundamental and far-reaching change in the attitudes and behaviour of its citizens, governments and corporations if it is going to provide for a sustainable future. At the community level, IISD has focused on achieving a deeper understanding of community processes and livelihoods systems, particularly in developing countries.



A Guide for Field Projects on Adaptive Strategies


Participatory Approach to Research

Lawrence W. Green

A great resource for researchers, instructors, students, and health practitioners interested in health program planning and evaluation.


  • The Guidelines for Participatory Research
  • The Manual for Measurement of Socioeconomic Status in Health Studies
  • Links to Public Health Headlines
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University of Victoria Community Based Research Initiative

By building research partnerships that engage communities and address their priorities, UVic is helping communities thrive and establishing itself as a national leader in community-based research.



Working to Benefit Community – CBPR



Community-University Institute for Social Research - University of Saskatchewan

The Linking, Learning, Leveraging SSHRC-funded research project investigating the Social Economy is a project comprised of multiple community partner organizations, academic researchers, and university students. See Project Overview for more information.



Other Resources

Understanding and Promoting Effective Partnerships for CED – Report Now Available



Wellesley Institute

The Wellesley Institute is a Toronto-based non-profit and non-partisan research and policy institute. We focus on developing research, policy and community mobilization to advance population health.

We conduct our work through four core pillars: housing, health care, economics, and immigrant health.

The Wellesley Institute is a registered non-profit charity. Find out about our Board of Directorsour staff, and our Visiting Scholars.

Areas of Research:

  • Methods & Research
  • Housing
  • Health Care
  • Economics
  • Immigrant Health
  • Building Healthy Communities




Centre for Urban Health Initiatives (CUHI) – University of Toronto

At CUHI, partnerships are built and research is carried out by Research Interest Groups.  Through our research, we learn more about the social and physical determinants of health in cities, build relationships with local communities, develop community-based research, and inform public policy.  Currently, CUHI has three active Research Interest Groups (RIGs): Urban Youth and the Social Determinants of Sexual Health (led by Dr. Sarah Flicker), Environmental Health Justice (co-led by Dr. Blake Poland and Cheryl Teelucksingh) and Socio-Ecological Strategies for Chronic Disease Prevention & Management (co-led by Drs. Wendy Young and Enza Gucciardi).




The Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (URC)

The Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (URC) is a collaborative partnership involving several university and community-based organizations. Established in 1995, the overall goal of the URC is to promote and support interdisciplinary, collaborative, community-based participatory research that both improves the health and quality of life of families and communities on the east and southwest sides of Detroit, and contributes to the understanding of the relationship between social determinants, protective factors, intermediate outcomes, and long-term health outcomes specific to inner-city, urban environments.





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The International Science Shop Network

The international Living Knowledge Network (LK) aims at giving citizens access to scientific research. The network is for people interested in building partnerships for public access to research. Members of the network exchange information, documentation, ideas, experiences and expertise on community-based research and science and society relations in general. A Science Shop provides independent, participatory research support in response to concerns experienced by civil society. The fact that Science Shops respond to civil society’s needs for expertise and knowledge is a key element that distinguish them from other knowledge transfer mechanisms. The Science Shop section offers access to FAQs, documentation, reading suggestions, archives and a toolbox service.






Community-University Partnership Project (CUPP) – University of Brighton

CUPP aims to create sustainable partnerships that provide an enduring benefit to local communities and to the University of Brighton.

We are a first point of contact at the university for anyone with ideas for new ways of working together.

We help develop ideas into projects, provide start up funding and help networks and communities of practice to develop.

What we do:

  • Community Knowledge Exchange
  • Student Community Engagement
  • Research & Development





New Directions, Community-Based Research Institute, New York

New Directions is a Long Island not-for-profit organization that recruits university professors and their students along with community service professionals, to work with the citizens of communities that are delimited by school district, village or city boundaries.  Civic groups and volunteers are invited to study their communities and learn how to strengthen existing assets and develop new ones.  New Directions has established joint ventures and standing project teaming arrangements with regional and national trainers and technical assistance providers in support of adult civic learning activities and grassroots community-building ventures such as community land trusts.

New Directions specializes in research, planning and the design of collaborative partnership programs to create new local institutions.










Community-Based Research Centres & Organizations







Colgate University – Upstate University

Community-Based Learning & Research

The Upstate Institute supports engagement in the community within the framework of an academic course in a variety of ways. This engagement, often referred to as service learning, gives Colgate faculty and students a new strategy for teaching and learning. Community based research gives students the opportunity to apply the lessons learned in the classroom while completing meaningful research projects for a community organization.



Cornell University – Participatory Action Research Network (CPARN)

The cornell Participatory Action Research Network (cPARN) is a multistakeholder organization dedicated to fostering a robust participatory action research community at Cornell and beyond.

Its function is to facilitate the cooperative development and application of social research methods that accomplish both appropriate social change and the generation of new social knowledge for the benefit of all participants. Participatory action research is a research methodology that acknowledges its role in affecting social change. It encompasses “participation” of stakeholders, “action” for positive social change, and “research” to help those affected make better decisions.


Delta State University – Institute for Community-Based Research

The Institute for Community-Based Research engages in projects to inform social change at the grassroots level. The Institute’s focus areas include: environment, health, and food security; education and employment; vulnerability and resiliency in the face of disaster; and organizing cooperative alternatives.  It is a collaborative partnership between the Division of Social Sciences and the Center for Community and Economic Development at Delta State University.


Institute activities include:

  • Partnering with community groups to meet their research needs, including training and technical assistance with question formulation, research design, methods of inquiry, data analysis, and reporting.
  • Linking community groups, larger area nonprofit associations, government agencies, and educational/research institutions.
  • Developing and strengthening the research, outreach, and educational skills of Delta State University students as they work with community groups and their partners to directly address social problems.



Duke University – Service Learning & LEAPS

Service-learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

Learning through Experience, Action, Partnership, and Service (LEAPS) - Founded in 1996, LEAPS was instrumental in developing service-learning at Duke. It is a student-run organization comprised of trained facilitators who work with faculty to design and facilitate reflection sessions for service-learning courses. LEAPS facilitators receive training that explores both the theory and practice of service-learning, as well as facilitation strategies and techniques.




Georgetown University – Centre for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service

In order to advance justice and the common good, CSJ promotes and integrates community-based research, teaching and service by collaborating with diverse partners and communities.

CSJ is guided by that mission as it strives to consolidate and develop work in its three key areas: community and public service, curriculum and pedagogy, and research.

CSJ’s work is done in collaboration with other University offices, individuals, and programs that seek to develop the University’s work in justice, thereby making such work more visible, better coordinated and more fruitful.


Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center On Nutrition and Physical Activity


The mission of the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center (HPRC) is to work with communities, community agencies, state and local government, and other partners to develop, implement, and evaluate methodologies and interventions to improve nutrition and physical activity and reduce overweight and chronic disease risk among children, youth, and their families and to reduce and eliminate disparities in these outcomes.


Loyola University of Chicago – Center for Urban Research

Through its research and partnerships, the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) at Loyola University Chicago creates innovative solutions that promote equity and opportunity in communities throughout the Chicago metropolitan region. CURL provides links to regional, national, and international networks in pursuit of new ideas and approaches that address grassroots needs.
CURL pursues this goal by building and supporting collaborative research and educational efforts. These partnerships connect Loyola faculty and students with community and nonprofit organizations, civic groups, and government agencies.  Such collaborations effectively link knowledge in the community with knowledge in the university. This helps to build sustainable communities that enhance the quality of life for all citizens.

Notre Dame University – Center for Social Concerns

The Center for Social Concerns (CSC) provides community-based learning courses, community-based research, and service opportunities for students and faculty and lies at the heart of the University of Notre Dame. It is a place where faith and action, service and learning, research and resolve intersect. Over the past 29 years, the Center has offered educational experiences in social concerns inspired by Gospel values and the Catholic social tradition so that students and faculty may better understand and respond to poverty and injustice.


Pitzer College – Center of California Cultural and Social Issues

CEC works in the community creating partnerships, not to dispense "expert" solutions to pre-defined needs, but to identify and engage resources — both human and material — within the community.

Under the leadership and guidance of the Steering Committee, the Center supports innovative community-based projects by offering research awards and fellowships. In turn, the Center's community partners present faculty and students with extraordinary opportunities to engage in applied problem-solving activities.


Princeton University –  Community-Based Learning Initiative

The Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) connects students' academic work with their interest in and concern for the communities around the University. Working with local nonprofits, students develop research projects, collect and analyze data, and share their results and conclusions, not just with their professors, but also with organizations and agencies that can make use of the information. Working with CBLI, students can do community-based research in courses, as a summer research internship, and as part of their junior paper or senior thesis.


Purdue University – Engineering Projects in Community  Service (EPICS)

EPICS is a unique program in which teams of undergraduates are designing, building, and deploying real systems to solve engineering-based problems for local community service and education organizations since 1995. Each team has a multi-year partnership with a community service or education organization. Projects are in four broad areas: human services, access and abilities, education and outreach, and the environment. Purdue EPICS teams have delivered over 150 projects to their community partners.


Maxwell School of Syracuse University – Community Link Program

The Community-Link Program allows for organizations to reach out to the university for program assistance. Through their program, students are linked with organizations to perform tasks that help organizations with programs and projects. Students perform up to 100 hours of work for academic credit and receive experience in the field.


Temple University – University Community Collaborative of Philadelphia

We carry out our mission through programming, capacity building and applied research activities. Our programming is designed to develop the critical thinking and leadership skills of youth so that they can become agents of social change in their communities and beyond. Our capacity building is focused on helping other organizations to incorporate youth into their decision-making processes. Our research is aimed at informing practice in the areas of youth leadership development, university-community collaboration, and civic engagement.

University of Delaware – Center of Community Research & Service

Established in 1972, the Center for Community Research and Service (CCRS) is the University of Delaware’s focal point for community research, engagement and action. With two locations in the state, one in downtown Wilmington and one on the main campus in Newark, CCRS works to strengthen the capabilities of organizations and individuals working to enhance the economic, social, cultural and physical conditions of neighborhoods and communities in Delaware and beyond. The center does this by using state of the art research methods to better understand community needs and assets and by providing high quality training and technical assistance services which enhance the ability of government, nonprofit agencies, philanthropic organizations and citizens to envision and create better communities.


University of Denver – Center for Community Engagement  & Service Learning

Our mission is to educate, engage, and equip the campus community to accomplish tangible, public work that improves the lives of people in our communities.  We value the public good, inclusive excellence, and, as part of higher education's civic mission, building community capacity and engagement.


University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign – East St. Louis Action Research Project

Action Research Illinois (ARI) is a public outreach program that works with partners across the State of Illinois, with a particular focus in East Central Illinois Communities.

AR I maintains an on-going program of sustained engagement with community partners and public agencies, addressing social justice, human and environmental sustainability, and development in distressed areas and with marginalized populations through service learning and action research.

Together with residents and community organizations in severely distressed areas of Illinois, faculty, staff and students from across the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign endeavor to work on highly tangible and visible projects that address immediate and long-term needs.

University of Minnesota – Center of Urban and Regional Affairs

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) strives to be a nationally recognized model for university-community engagement. CURA is founded on the belief that partnership between the university and the community is mutually beneficial. Communities determine issues important to them, and provide an understanding of the context of these issues and the wisdom to shape how they can best be addressed to create vital places to live and work. The university contributes extensive knowledge and expertise to understand community issues and discover new approaches to address them. This model of engaged research leads to outcomes that strengthen the community and enrich academic research.

Arizona State University – University-Community Partnerships for Social Action Research

The goal of UCP-SARnet is to build a global community of students, university faculties, community activists and members of local governments engaged in the search for solutions to the most pressing global issues of our time articulated in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

We contribute to the education of community leaders by inspiring partnerships between universities, community organizations, governments and corporate businesses, promoting community engaged research, compiling a library of online resources and utilizing ICT to facilitate cross-sector collaborations and multi-cultural dialogues.

Wichita State University – Center for Community Support and Research

We recognize how individuals, organizations and communities are connected and contribute to health and well-being. Our interdisciplinary staff works closely with individuals, non-profit organizations, state and local government, community coalitions, self-help groups, faith-based organizations, businesses and schools.

CCSR services build the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities so that they can address local, regional and statewide challenges. Our service areas include leadership development, organizational capacity building, community-based consulting, research and evaluation and our Mental Health Consumer initiative.




Community-Based Research Canada (CBRC)

Community Based Research Canada (CBRC) is a network of people and organizations engaged in Community-Based Research to meet the needs of people and communities. CBRC came into being through the Community University Expo Conference held in Victoria, BC in May of 2008.

The intent is to build an inclusive and open network, engaging already existing networks, to build support for community-university partnerships in community-based research and community-engagement.

University of Victoria – Office of Community-Based Research

The Office of Community-Based Research at UVic (OCBR-UVic) is a community–university partnership. Our mission is to create and support inter-disciplinary and multi-sectoral engagement and research to create vibrant, sustainable and inclusive communities. Whether it's in the Capital Regional District, on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada or globally, the CBR and campus-community partnership movement is growing and creating locally relevant and globally significant practical, research and policy solutions to the major issues of our time.

Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research For Northern Health and Well-Being – Yukon, Canada

Our parent organization, Arctic Health Research Network -YT (AHRN-YT), was formed in February 2007 and was part of a tri-territorial health research network linking northern regions. AHRN-YT's purpose was to facilitate northern-led community-based health research and our focus was with Yukon First Nation communities. Our organization has grown and evolved over the last several years to better meet the research needs of northern communities. AHRN-YT is now transitioning into the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (AICBR); for northern health and well-being. We believe that this will more accurately reflect the reality of community-based research as one where funds and partners from multiple sources can contribute to solutions to complex issues that go beyond health specifically.

Canadian Social Economy Hub – Coordinating research to build the social economy


To work with the regional research centres, national partners and others to foster research into the Social Economy so as to make it more accessible and useful to policy makers, Social Economy practitioners, and people in communities as well as for academic engagement.

The CSEHub is a community-university research alliance between the University of Victoria, represented by its Principal Investigator Ian MacPherson, and the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, represented by its co-director Rupert Downing. The CSEHub is directed by the two organizations and their representatives, with the advice and input of a board of representatives from the Canadian Social Economy Research Partnerships (CSERP). CSERP is a collaborative effort of the six regional research centres, their community partners, and the Canadian Social Economy Hub.

The CSEHub gratefully operates on a five-year grant from the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada.

University of Guelph – Community Engaged Learning

We are currently working in partnership with the Research Shop in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph to match research ideas with appropriate faculty, courses, and/or students.

More specifically, we are beginning the process of matching community research ideas with a third year Sociology course on Community Based Research that will run from January - April, 2011. For more information visit our website.

Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health – Vancouver, BC

CBRC for Gay Men’s Health a is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to using community participatory research to develop knowledge about gay men’s health and to guide community practice and theorizing on health and social issues.

Incorporated in 1999, CBRC is dedicated to continuous improvements in gay men’s health through research, knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE), strategic innovation and opportunities for training.

We have a research focus on the social determinants of health in gay and bisexual men and the trends in young gay men’s culture. Population based studies can help us locate structural gaps and social inequities that impact the health of gay, bisexual, two spirit and other men who have sex with men.

Centre for Community Based Research

Formerly Centre for Research and Education in Human Services (CREHS)



The Centre for Community Based Research is committed to social change and the development of communities and human services that are responsive and supportive, especially for people with limited access to power and opportunity.

Demonstrating leadership through research, education and community involvement, CCBR stimulates the creation of awareness, policies, and practices that advance equitable participation and integration of all members of our community.

See testimonials.

G.O.A.L. Toolkits


The Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Youth Capacity Building Workshop Series was developed in 2007 by youth-led organizations, funders and other partners to provide access to learning opportunities that can enhance the work of young people, artists and youth-led groups. Through different strategies and in different spaces, young people are working to make change and to have an impact on communities across the City of Toronto. To take this passion and commitment and channel it into a project, individuals or organizations often require training, tools and supports that are not always available to emerging, youth-led groups.

For resources, visit our website.

University of Alberta - Arts-based Research and Participatory Research


Arts-based research is an emerging approach to qualitative research that brings together scholarly inquiry and creative processes. Arts-based research makes use of artistic processes and forms in one or more stages of the research process – as a topic of inquiry: inquiring into an art work or a creative process; or for generating, interpreting or representing research. Researchers in various disciplines have found in the arts, be it theatre, film, painting, poetry, drawing, sculpture, photography, dance, play writing, music, digital arts, design, quilting, weaving, beadwork, or any other of the myriad of available art forms, appropriate methods for addressing the questions they are compelled to ask. The arts allow researchers and/or participants to explore questions and express understandings not necessarily accessible or re-presentable through other means. Arts-based research is particularly suited to human inquiry where human experience and interaction are valued. It allows for personal, emotional, experiential and embodied expressions of knowledge. Art is seen as a way of knowing and the creative process as a way of making meaning. Arts-based research values alternative ways of knowing, indigenous knowledge and the participatory creation of knowledge.



University of Manitoba – Participatory Action Research

The overall purpose of this educational tool is to act as a resource for community mental health citizen-users to increase their knowledge of and involvement in PAR. The educational tool is designed for people who have limited knowledge of PAR as a tool for change and are interested in making a difference within their communities. The manual will supplement the information in the module.



Mount Saint Vincent University – Participatory Action Research and Training Centre on Food Security (PART-FS)

PARTC-FS supports collaborative, community-based participatory research, training and knowledge mobilization related to:

1) Understanding individual, household, and community food security &

2) Building capacity for policy change related to food security.

Established in 2009 with funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the centre hosts and supports the research of Dr. Patty Williams, Director of the Centre and Associate Professor in Applied Human Nutrition and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Policy Change, and her team. 

Dr.William's research involves individuals affected by food insecurity, as well as other community, government and academic partners across various disciplines and sectors, in innovative research rooted in real community needs to advance our understanding of food security and food security-related policy change, and ultimately, improved ways of building food security in Nova Scotia and beyond.







The Loka Institute – Community Research Network

The Community Research Network (CRN) is a trans-national network of research and grassroots organizations conducting community-based research for social change. 

The mission of the CRN is to create a system through which grassroots, worker, and public-interest organizations and local governments can -- by establishing the agenda and controlling the results of research -- find solutions to social and environmental problems and participate more effectively in public policy.

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