Dialogical action: moving from community-based to community-driven participatory research

Qual Health Res. 2011 Jul;21(7):1000-11. doi: 10.1177/1049732311403500. Epub 2011 Mar 31.


Proponents of community-based research advocate for the active involvement and engagement of community members, citing improved construct validity, intervention efficacy, and accountability. However, to create the conditions in which expertise is mutually constructed and in which no one is the object of research, a reconsideration of the fundamental ethos of community involvement and engagement is required. In this article, we seek to accomplish two goals: (a) to briefly assess the definitions of community health, focus groups, and dissemination that are often used in community-based research; and (b) to introduce an application of dialogical action that goes beyond traditional focus group methodology to promote the creation of an evolving and dynamic dialogue among campus and community stakeholders. An urban case study is presented.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • California
  • Community Health Planning / organization & administration*
  • Community-Based Participatory Research*
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Health Services Research / organization & administration*
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Humans