What is CAR?
Community Action Research (CAR) is an iterative development process, which combines reflection and analysis with action in local communities. CAR is a highly participatory approach to engage citizens, researchers, development partners and other professional stakeholders in iterative processes of developing, implementing and evaluating action.
The concept of “CAR” builds on a long tradition of Action Research (AR), Participatory Action Research (PAR), Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR), Systemic Action Research (SAR) and is not presented in opposition to those. With the “CAR” concept the network wants to put a special focus on community involvement in action research to help prevent and manage diabetes.
Values: Community Action Research is about …
- Mobilising community resources through high levels of community involvement
- Iterative learning processes which combines reflection and analysis with action
- Building partnership between multiple stakeholders and creating long-term commitment
- Linking research and action
- Promoting co-learning and empowerment
Why is CAR relevant?
Community Action Research is relevant in type 2 diabetes prevention and management because it …
- Provides context specific knowledge about community-identified and community-owned priorities and aspiration for healthy living
- Empowers citizens to become dedicated agents of change and enhances the relevance of locally defined goals and strategies for action
- Joins together multiple stakeholders to address complex community health issues through coordinated and integrated action
- Fosters long-term commitment among citizens to engage in health interventions by mobilising human and tangible resources embedded in the local community
- Provides meaningful and relevant assessments based on data that is generated and owned by the local community
- Optimizes implementation processes and promotes sustainability of diabetes prevention and management outcomes in the local community