Strengthening Community Research Practices

We understand community research practices to involve reciprocal and trusting relationships between faculty members and community groups/organizations as they investigate issues of mutual interest and concern. While the processes and activities of community research may vary according to context, they include the “4Rs”: respect, relevance, reciprocity and responsibility (Kirkness & Barnhardt, 1991)v. We recognise the importance of upholding academic independence while remaining responsive to power relations and diverse (and sometimes not always aligning) needs/interests/agendas of the community.