Community-engaged research is an approach to scholarship in which authentic partnerships between scholars and community organizations generate knowledge that is relevant to disciplinary discovery as well as community concerns and public purpose.
Community-engaged research may use qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods approaches, but what characterizes community-engaged research is not the methods used, but the collaborative nature of the relationship. Community-engaged research is collaboratively undertaken by researchers (university and community-based researchers) and embedded in a reciprocal partnership for the common good. Generally, the principles of community-engaged research include:
- Collaborative, equitable partnerships in all phases of the research
- Achievement of a balance between research and action for the mutual benefit of all partners
- Emphasis on strengths and resources within the community
- Promotion of co-learning and capacity building among all partners
- Co-ownership of, and continued access to, data collected
- Dissemination of findings and knowledge via products of benefit to all parties
At Duquesne, we pay particular attention to building a more just and equitable world for those individuals who are disenfranchised and where the integrity of creation (including animals and the natural environment) is being devastated. Thus, an additional principle of community-engaged research at Duquesne University is its emphasis on social and environmental justice.