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Sponsored by The Institute for Community Research, Hartford, Connecticut
This conference took place from June 10–13, 2004, at
Capital Community College, Hartford, CT.

Read more about our second Crossroads conference:

Crossroads II: Community-Based Collaborative Research for Social Justice

June 7-9, 2007 in Hartford, Connecticut.

About the Crossroads Conference

Over the past decade, researchers, funders and community representatives have recognized that much social science, health and community development research takes place in community settings, requiring good community relationships if it is to be successful. Much, if not most, of this community-based research takes place in communities with limited social, political and economic resources, struggling with poverty, chronic and acute health problems, and cultural disenfranchisement. Many social scientists, cultural researchers and research funders attempt to conceptualize and address these inequities through research that aims at solving these problems. At the same time, communities are working to achieve similar goals through various forms of collective organizing and action. It is widely recognized that even for politically motivated researchers, these two (or more) agendas may be quite different. Resolving them while retaining a commitment to methodologically acceptable and socially responsible research is the foremost challenge for community-based collaborative research (CBCR) and researchers. Partnerships between communities and researchers are a critical component of any meaningful effort to develop synergistic research and social change agendas.

"Crossroads: Critical Issues in Community-Based Research Partnerships" critically explored issues related to community-based research partnerships, methodology, and methods of dissemination, such as:

  • Balancing research rigor with community needs
  • The use of research results
  • How class, ethnicity, race, gender, culture and power impact research partnerships
  • Engaging art in community-based research

The conference was aimed at representatives from community-based organizations, government agencies, independent research organizations, universities and colleges, service agencies, public policy advocates, foundations, artists and community residents who are interested in looking critically at the ways in which research is - and can be - used to create change in communities worldwide. We welcomed researchers, community activists, artists or students from all settings who wanted to present current work, reflections or critical analysis of CBCR projects, and individuals who wanted to gain or share methods and skills in the practice of community-based collaborative research. CBCR teams and partners were encouraged to come to the conference together to represent their collaborative projects.

Conference Agenda | Conference Schedule At A Glance | Track Descriptions

Conference Highlights  


Case Studies in Community-Based Collaborative Research, an ICR publication of submissions from Crossroads I Conference: Critical Issues in Community-Based Research Partnerships, is now available in pdf format.



Crossroads was made possible through the generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving's Joseph A. Zita Fund, Trinity College. and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality