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.

The Role of the Researcher in Community-Based Qualitative Research

Introduction

This chapter discusses issues related to researcher role, positionality, and ethics within CBQR, a type of research in which the role of the researcher is highly involved. Community-based qualitative researchers are not working with existing data sets, like many researchers conducting large-scale quantitative research studies, but are seeking to conduct research in concert and collaboration with community organizations, leaders, and residents, and thus, they need to build productive and communicative relationships with various individuals and stakeholders. This section focuses on issues related to the background and role of the researcher and how to be mindful of these issues at all stages of the research process. Reflections are used to illustrate the importance of researchers conducting ...

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