Engaged Research


Introductory guide to Engaged Research


A Guide to Engaged Research

In Engaged Research, students and staff collaborate and co-create with community partners on research that identifies and addresses real community identified needs and challenges. Research with the community and not research on the community.

This guide intends to provide valuable information for academics, researchers and students who wish to engage in research in a real-world context.

  1. What is Engaged Research?
  2. Engaged Research resources - readings, videos, websites




What is Engaged Research?

“Engaged research includes the different ways that researchers meaningfully interact or collaborate with various stakeholders over any or all stages of a research process, from issue formulation, the production or co-creation of new knowledge, to knowledge evaluation and dissemination. Stakeholders may include target communities, and members of the public or groups that are somehow related to the research process.” - Stellenbosch University http://www.sun.ac.za/si/en-za/Pages/Sub-menu.aspx

“Engaged research describes a wide range of rigorous research approaches and methodologies that share a common interest in collaborative engagement with the community and aim to improve, understand or investigate an issue of public interest or concern, including societal challenges.” - Irish Research Council https://research.ie/assets/uploads/2017/04/Engaged-Research.pdf/



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Preparing for Field work


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Resources for Engaged Research 


Banks, S. and Brydon-Miller, M.(2019). Ethics in Participatory Research. In Banks, S. and Brydon-Miller, M.(eds) Ethics in Participatory Research for Health and Social Well-Being: Cases and Commentaries. New York, NY : Routledge. pp.1-30.

Anderson, E. E., Solomon, S., Heitman, E., DuBois, J. M., Fisher, C. B., Kost, R. G., Lawless, M. E., Ramsey, C., Jones, B., Ammerman, A., & Ross, L. F. (2012). Research ethics education for community-engaged research: a review and research agenda. Journal of empirical research on human research ethics : JERHRE, 7(2), 3–19. https://doi.org/10.1525/jer.2012.7.2.3

Brown, N. (2021). Scope and continuum of participatory research. International Journal of Research and Method in Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/1743727X.2021.1902980

DeJonckheere, M., Lindquist-Grantz, R., Toraman, S., Haddad, K., & Vaughn, L. M. (2019). Intersection of Mixed Methods and Community-Based Participatory Research: A Methodological Review. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 13(4), 481–502. https://doi.org/10.1177/1558689818778469 

Holliman, Richard (2017). Supporting excellence in engaged research. Journal of Science Communication, 16(5) pp. 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-0009.12458

Key, K. D., Furr-Holden, D., Yvonne Lewis, E., Cunningham, R., Zimmerman, M. A., Johnson-Lawrence, V., & Selig, S. (2019). The continuum of community engagement in research: A roadmap for understanding and assessing progress. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 13(4). https://doi.org/10.1353/cpr.2019.0064

Luger, T. M., Hamilton, A. B., & True, G. (2020). Measuring Community-Engaged Research Contexts, Processes, and Outcomes: A Mapping Review. Milbank Quarterly, 98(2). https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-0009.12458

Mosavel, M., Simon, C., van Stade, D., Buchbinder, M. 2005. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) in South Africa: Engaging multiple constituents to shape the research question. Soc Sci Med, 61(12): 2577 -2587. Available at: doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2005.04.041.  

Peralta, K. J. (2017). Toward a Deeper Appreciation of Participatory Epistemology in Community-based Participatory Research. PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement, 6(1).

Drawson, A. S., Toombs, E., & Mushquash, C. J. (2017). Indigenous research methods: A systematic review. International Indigenous Policy Journal, 8(2) doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.18584/iipj.2017.8.2.5

Handley M, Pasick R, Potter M, Oliva G, Goldstein E, Nguyen T. (2010) Community-Engaged Research: A Quick-Start Guide for Researchers. From the Series: UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Resource Manuals and Guides to Community-Engaged Research, P. Fleisher, ed. Published by Clinical Translational Science Institute Community Engagement Program, University of California San Francisco.

http://ctsi.ucsf.edu/files/CE/guide_for_researchers.pdf.Stellenbosch University. Engaged Research. http://www.sun.ac.za/si/en-za/Pages/Sub-menu.aspx

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