Community-Based Research

Community-based research takes place in community settings and involves community members in the design and implementation of research projects for the purpose of achieving social and environmental justice.   

Community-Based Research (CBR) Principles

  1. CBR is a co-created enterprise between academic researchers (professors and students) and community members.
  2. CBR seeks to democratize knowledge by validating multiple sources of knowledge and promoting the use of multiple methods of discovery and dissemination.
  3. CBR’s goal is social action for the purpose of achieving social and environmental justice.   

Learn more: Community-Based Research and Higher Education: Principles and Practices

Community-Based Research at Dominican

  • Biology faculty and students conduct scientific research locally and globally in a variety of areas — from infectious diseases, to Sudden Oak Death, to marine mammal life.
  • Social Justice major and Community Action and Social Change minor students develop a research project tailored to the context of one community partner and designed around a specific issue identified in collaboration with the community partner.  One aim of the research project is to use students’ research findings to advance the work of Dominican’s community partners.
  • Global Public Health (GPH) students complete a senior capstone course in the form of an applied research project that demonstrates a synthesis of concepts, methods, and experiences gained in the program and includes original data collection. GPH students also complete research methods as a collaborative course with Mexican students from our partner university in Mérida. Using medical Spanish, they collect, analyze and interpret  data from local clinics with their Mexican counterparts. Past research projects include community bone-density levels and childhood asthma.  
  • Masters in Education students design research projects in collaboration with the school community, engaging key stakeholders in the research process and that building relationships of reciprocity and respect between members of the school community.