Originally outlined by Meredith Minkler, DrPH, community-based participatory research (CBPR) is guided by the following nine principles:

  1. Recognizing community as a unit of identity,
  2. building on strengths and resources within the community,
  3. facilitating collaborative and equitable partnership in all phases of the research,
  4. promoting co-learning and capacity building among all partners,
  5. integrating and achieving a balance between research and action for the mutual benefit of all partners,
  6. emphasizing local relevance of public health problems and ecological perspectives that recognize and attend to the multiple determinants of health and disease,
  7. involving systems development through a cyclical and iterative process,
  8. disseminating findings and knowledge gained to all partners, and
  9. committing to a long-term process and relationship.

CBPR is highly collaborative, and conclusions drawn from data collected can be presented in a way that remains true to the lived experiences of the community members. If you wish to engage in CBPR you should note the centrality of gender, race, class, and culture, as these issues are integrated throughout the research practice.