Bridge culture gaps and build trust
Community-based participatory research (CBPR) in projects genuinely oriented to shared decision-making and co-governance yields solutions to research barriers and creates benefits for communities, individuals, organisations, and policy development (Macaulay A et al 2014). Our researcher team have a proven track record of working together to conduct high quality participatory research and evaluation, and in the delivery of evidence-based learning and recommendations.
Benefits of CBPR
CBPR bridges culture gaps, and helps build trust between researchers and communities.
- Reach individuals from disempowered and marginalised groups
- Build and maintain trust
- Establish mechanisms for partnership sustainability
How we help
Designed with the aim of capturing the range of local views, culturally relevant perspectives and contextualised meanings, and to generate dialogue and facilitate learning, our research team adopt a ‘bottom-up’ democratic participatory approach to research and programme evaluation.
Our approach is culturally responsive to community and, in shaping the parameters of the research and evaluation process, inclusive of relevant programme stakeholders. Selection of methods is based on decisions made collaboratively and informed by funder requirements, community and cultural needs, and other contextual conditions. Project objectives and activities are defined at the outset and initial implementation calendar developed.
Our research and evaluation coordinators work with programme stakeholders to define the research objectives, to develop the research methodology, collect, analyse and interpret data, identify learning opportunities and to develop conclusions and recommendations. This means that stakeholders work alongside our researchers in identifying issues, carrying out research tasks, and responding to research findings.
It is through this ‘learning process approach’ of participation that learning takes place. As such, learning occurs at a practical or informational level concerning the programme, the organisation, the context, and the evaluation itself, as well as at a conceptual or reflective level concerning relationships to self and others (Oakley, 1991).
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