Community-based research generally focuses on achieving benefits for both communities and researchers on a local, place-based scale. This case study profiles the six-year evolution of a community-based social enterprise sector survey across Canada. What started as a class project, and then a one-time study of two provinces, grew, over time, to become a pan-Canadian social enterprise sector survey. The evolution of the survey was led by social enterprise intermediary organizations within provinces who recognized the potential value of the initial survey in their own context. This case study demonstrates that with time and commitment, the core values of community-based research can be successfully scaled-up.
- The principles of community-based research can be scaled-up across jurisdictions when they are clearly held by both researchers and community intermediaries.
- Dedicated community intermediaries can play a lead role in initiating research, defining research questions, engaging in research and disseminating results back to the community.
- Research becomes both timely and relevant when the community and researchers collaboratively build and implement the research process and the community has ownership of the research outcomes’
This case study was originally published as an article in Volume 2, Number 2 (July 2018) of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement’s peer-reviewed journal Research for All.
Table of Contents
How it all started
Scaling up community-based research
Community partner connection
Notes on the contributors