Community-based research (CBR) is collaboration between researchers and community members in the design and implementation of research projects aimed at meeting community-identified needs. In the community-based model, academic and community members work together to identify research issues, develop research designs, collect data, write up results, and work with policy makers and practitioners in designing and executing effective responses. This research is action-oriented.
Community-Academic Research Alliance (CARA)
The Community-Academic Research Alliance is a Community-Based Research Initiative that supports research partnerships between Washington and Lee University and non-profits in the Rockbridge area to address pressing community challenges. These partnerships aim simultaneously to mobilize the community for responsible social change, lay the foundation for a healthy community, and advance the education of Washington and Lee students.