Community-Based Research

Community-based research brings together the knowledge of community organizations to inform the development of practices, services, and programs for the benefit of those they serve. It is based from the understanding that those who work with individuals are in the best position to gather information about what they do and the people they assist.

Often, community-based research is focused around partnerships between research institutions, like universities, and the community, with the school taking on the bulk of the research and the community assisting with determining scope and research questions. However, community agencies can and often do research, evaluation, and learning without external partnerships.

This page is dedicated to increasing the capacity for research and strategic learning within community employment agencies by providing community-based research tools and information sharing.


Community-based research is research that strives to be: 

Community situated -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.