COMMUNITY RESEARCH NETWORK Conference
COMMON PROBLEMS, UNCOMMON RESOURCES: Exploring the Social and Economic Challenges to Community-Based Research
June 16-18, 2000
Communities are transforming research...
Focused on solving real problems and redressing social inequities, community-based research (CBR) is a powerful tool that enables citizens to determine how and to what ends research will be conducted in their communities. CBR is by design ethically robust. A growing body of cases demonstrates that CBR is not only good science, but often produces more useful, action-oriented results for the communities that participate in CBR projects.
The theme of this years conferenceCommon Problems, Uncommon Resources: Exploring the Social and Economic Challenges to Community-Based Researchreflects the growth and vitality of community-based research. In the short period since the publication of our initial reconnaissance of community-based research in 1996, numbers of projects, funding availability, and the involvement of researchers and community participants have more than doubled.
With this maturity comes new challenges and new opportunities. For example, community-based research can be especially valuable to disadvantaged or marginalized communities, yet it is often most difficult to secure funding and resources to conduct CBR in these areas. Now is the time to challenge our international network of grassroots organizers, researchers, community organizations, students, funders, and government agenciesThe Community Research Networkto address these barriers and develop strategies for overcoming them.
Common Problems and
Uncommon Resources, uses four tracks to direct our attention to questions that
are critical to the development of CBR. The reasoning behind the four tracks is that each
of the specified areas is critical to the success of CBR in general, and to
the growth of the Community Research Network (CRN) in particular. In other words, each
could be the theme of this years conference.
I: Race, Class, Gender, and Culture Challenges to CBR Participation
Track II: Capacity Building for
Sustainability in CBR
Track III: Techniques
in CBR [the how tos
Track IV: CommunicationBuilding
Before coming to the conference, think about what you would like come away with from each of the tracks. In addition to attending the tracks workshops, participants will develop strategies for addressing issues central to the track to guide the CRNs work in the coming year. We will welcome your contribution to a more democratic and effective Community Research Network.
Keep checking this site for more discussion on each of the tracks, questions on relevant issues, and proposals for improving CBR in each of the four areas.
We hope to see you at the June 16-18th Community Research Network Conference at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. While we hope to accommodate all who register for the conference, we will keep a waiting list in the case that registrants exceed our capacity. If you have any questions that are not answered in the Frequently Asked Questions Page, please contact the Loka Institute:
Tel: +1-413-559-5860 Fax: +1-413-559-5811
Funding for this conference is made possible by the C.S. Mott Foundation and the W.K. Kellgg Foundation's Managing Information with Rural America (MIRA) Initiative.
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