Aims of a Community-Based Research Program

  • Steven L. ArxerEmail author
Part of the International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice book series (IPSPAP)


Clearly, research plays a key role in community-based health work. Understanding the health needs of a community is vital to the success of any healthcare project. From an organizational perspective, however, the focus of a research program is often methodological. That is, developing scientifically sound data collection instruments is often the focus. However, such an emphasis leaves little room for appreciating how knowledge is socially produced and legitimized. Moreover, an overemphasis on methodological concerns can diminish the ability of researchers to appreciate the underlying assumptions of a community’s world-view and frustrate their entrance to that world. In this chapter, by Steven L. Arxer, examines the philosophical and practical considerations of implementing a research program in health projects that preserves the knowledge production of community members.


Community-based research Data collection Positivism Qualitative Anti-realism Cultural sensitivity Cultural humility Praxis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and PsychologyUniversity of North Texas at DallasDallasUSA

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