Research Network 4th
University of Texas--Austin, July 6-8, 2001
the Culture of Research: People, Participation,
and Practical Tools"
Community-based research (CBR),
conducted by, with and for communities, is a powerful tool that enables citizens
to deal with real problems and socio-economic inequities. It is increasingly
used by citizens to determine how and to what purpose research will be conducted
in their communities, and to develop action-oriented outcomes.
The 2001 CRN Conference will provide an interactive forum
for local, regional and international networks, grassroots organizers,
researchers, practitioners, students, funders, and public institutions to move
still closer to the ideals of community-based research.
Among those ideals are (1) People -- the inclusion of all segments of a
community's population; -- (2) Participation -- in the form of genuine and effective involvement of
all community interest groups; (3) Partnerships -- unity gained by fostering
partnerships and using the resources of community residents, academic
institutions, business, nonprofit, and government agencies; and (4) Practical
tools -- applying techniques that enhance community participation in research,
and contribute to shared accountability and outcomes.
As in the past, the conference will be a celebration of
what has already been achieved by CBR and an occasion to share a wealth of
community knowledge. It will be a bridging of diverse cultures, creating
knowledge, helping each of us to learn how our own research agendas relate to
those that emerge from other points of view.
By coming together to examine and discuss relevant issues, the CRN
conference will provide a valuable forum to create and sustain community-based
research, and to develop strategies for overcoming obstacles to democratic
of Texas Main Campus PCL Area & the San Jacinto Residence Hall