Community-Based Participatory Research: Conducting Research with Community Partners to Achieve Positive Change

When Feb 18, 2020
from 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM
Where Shumaker Research Building, Room 139
Contact Name
Contact Phone 502-852-6026
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This presentation will provide a general overview of the theory and practice of community-based participatory research—an approach to research designed to engage participants in collaborative and creative approaches to generating knowledge and developing strategies for fostering positive social change. The presentation will look at the process of developing community partnerships and the multiple roles played by action researchers as well as the ethical challenges posed by working within this research model. It will explore what constitutes high quality action research with a view toward promoting the development of rigorous and innovative research practices. The session will also look at examples of current action research projects being carried out around the world in areas including environmental education, disability and community engagement, social entrepreneurship, and other topics. 

As a result of attending this session, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the process of developing community partnerships for research purposes
  2. Explore and address ethical challenges in conducting community-based participatory research
  3. Identify rigorous and innovative research practices related to action research


Mary Brydon-Miller, Ph.D. is Professor and Ph.D. program director in the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development in the College of Education and Human Development, University of Louisville. She is a participatory action researcher who conducts work in both school and community settings. She is the editor, with David Coghlan, Professor Emeritus of Trinity College Dublin, of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research (2014). Her most recent book Ethics in Participatory Research for Health and Social Well-Being: Cases and Commentaries, with her colleague Sarah Banks from Durham University in the UK, was published last year. She is currently serving a three-year post as Extraordinary Professor in the Community-Based Educational Research unit at North West University, Potchefstroom South Africa, is a recent Benjamin Meaker Fellow at Bristol University in the United Kingdom, and a former Fulbright research scholar. She’s currently developing an international middle-school citizen science project focused on climate change education.

 Douglas Craddock, Ph.D. serves as Clinical Assistant Faculty of Higher Education at The University of Louisville. His research and teaching focuses are Diversity & Inclusion, Community Engagement Scholarship & Community-Based Participatory Research Methods. In addition, other areas of study include Collegiate Athletics and Historically Black Colleges and Universities focusing on varying administration and leadership models that exist across the spectrum of programs and institutions. Dr. Craddock holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in Higher Education Administration.

 Note: Lunch will be served so registration is important