Aligning Expectations for Funders and Community Researchers


Over the past two decades the various Canadian sources of research funding have moved from an academic, science-based focus to a more inclusive model, encouraging applications that support research partnerships with community organizations. This transition in definitions and expectations is creating challenges for some funders, as well as academic and community applicants. With the advent of community-based participatory research new perspectives on respectful, ethical research partnerships are appearing. The paper reviews some of the challenges and strategies for community partners, academics, and funders in terms of research approach and practice.

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