Community-based research methods help increase validity of the data: authenticity comes with trust of partners.
Community-based research addresses real-world concerns and is immediately relevant.
Vulnerable populations may be more willing to work with academics using this more equitable methodology.
You can be a part of the Wisconsin Idea.
CBR methods provide researchers with the ability to collect data more accurately, as community members have helped determine research methods.
CBR works for social action, social change, and social justice while building community capacity
You can find increased funding opportunities.
Things to consider
CBR can be more time-consuming, as it takes time to develop trust and relationships.
CBR is not always possible with all research topics
Some researchers are not comfortable with the approach and may not succeed at power-sharing with community partners.
Additional training on both sides may be necessary.
Cultural differences may prove challenging.
For help in addressing these issues, contact Beth Tryon, Assistant Director, Community-Engaged Scholarship at firstname.lastname@example.org for resources.