Collaborating for Change: Community-Based Research and Political Advocacy
AbstractThis article explores the history, methods, use, and impact of existing community-based research in the University of Utah and Salt Lake City communities in order to identify weaknesses that might be best addressed by structural changes within the University or communities. This kind of research is used in informing policy, political activism, and advocacy. In addressing these issues, the authors discuss their findings from their research project: a community dialogue event that brought together community members, representatives of organizations working in both community and University of Utah settings, faculty, students, and staff from the University of Utah, and policymakers to discuss strategies and benefits of institutionalizing support for community-based research at the University of Utah to benefit the community and University students and faculty alike. Members of the Think Tank on Social Change developed and facilitated this dialogue to address the gap between theory and application of community-based research; namely, that the research findings are not being disseminated in a way to effectively inform advocacy and activism for policy change relevant to the research. Emerging themes from the community dialogue are addressed, and recommendations for improvement in the use of community-based research identified.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
a) Authors retain copyright over their work, while allowing the conference to place this unpublished work under a Creative Commons Attribution License, which allows others to freely access, use, and share the work, with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and its initial presentation at this conference.
b) Authors are able to waive the terms of the CC license and enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution and subsequent publication of this work (e.g., publish a revised version in a journal, post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial presentation at this conference.
c) In addition, authors are encouraged to post and share their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) at any point before and after the conference.
d) The Author grants Marriott Library the nonexclusive, perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable right to reproduce, distribute, display, publish, archive, preserve, digitize, transcribe, translate, provide access and transmit their work (in whole or in part) for any non-commercial purpose including but not limited to archiving, academic research, and marketing in such tangible electronic formats as may be in existence now or hereafter developed.
e) Marriott Library may elect, in its sole discretion, not to exercise the rights granted herein.
f) Author shall retain copyright in and to the Work and Marriott Library shall provide proper attribution in its exercise of the rights granted herein.
g) Author is solely responsible and will indemnify and hold Marriott Library and/or the University of Utah harmless for any third party claims related to the Work as submitted for publication.