This conference took place from June
1013, 2004, at
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.
the Crossroads Conference
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.
Critical Issues in Community-Based Research Partnerships"
explored issues related to community-based
research partnerships, methodology, and methods of dissemination,
- 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
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.
Agenda | Conference
Schedule At A Glance | Track
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.
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