This practical text integrates theoretical perspectives with guidelines for designing and implementing community-based qualitative research projects. Coverage of participatory research designs and approaches is complemented by chapters on specific aspects of this research process, such as developing relationships and sharing findings to strengthen programs. Included are useful handouts and templates for applying to the reader’s own projects, and end-of-chapter questions for self-reflection and class discussion. Readers will find the book’s engaging case studies, interdisciplinary real-life examples, and insights from project participants as a helpful foundation for future work in the field.

What Is Community-Based Qualitative Research?

What Is Community-Based Qualitative Research?


As Chapter 1 discussed, many different models of research entail conducting research within community settings and/or building collaborative relationships with community members. CBQR builds on many of the aforementioned models and designs and employs many of the approaches discussed in Chapter 1. To provide some clarity, this chapter delineates key elements of the CBQR model, as well as offers examples of course work that incorporates the model and projects that use this approach to conduct research.

Learning Goals

After reading this chapter, students will be able to:

  • Identify core concepts underlying the community-based qualitative research (CBQR) model and be familiar with their theoretical/philosophical origins.
  • Apply core concepts to aspects of the design and implementation of CBQR projects.
  • Discuss important elements of CBQR, and ...
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