Community-based Research Networks: Development and Lessons Learned in an Emerging Field

Publication Date

Summer 2003

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Community based research


While in recent years there has been an increasing amount written about how to conduct individual community based research (CBR) projects, little is known about the infrastructure supporting such projects. This paper compares seven multi-institutional CBR networks in Appalachia, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Philadelphia, Richmond, Virginia, and Trenton, New Jersey. After reviewing the histories of the networks, we conduct a comparative SWOT analysis, showing their common and unique Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. We conclude with the lessons suggested by the network histories and SWOT analyses.

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