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CPAR Methods

CPAR – Community-based Participatory Action Research – is research conceived, conducted, and analyzed in collaboration between community and academic partners.

Community partners use CPAR processes, data, and analyses to inform practice and support changes that are equitable and sustainable. In turn, academic partners may use results as they normally would in their academic practice, but also to reflect on, critique and advance participatory research processes.

CPAR methods may encompass a wide array of applied research practices known by many different names including: participatory action research, action research, community-based research, and collaborative research, to name a few.

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