This publication is designed to help communities understand the relevance of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) to their local work. It describes how CBPR is different from traditional research, the historical groundings of this research approach, principles of CBPR and examples/lessons learned from CBPR projects. The goal of this publication is to help coalitions understand how they can be involved in and contribute to the CBPR process, including how to select a research partner and how to set up a successful CBPR project. The goal of this publication is to help coalitions understand how they can become involved in research and why their involvement is valuable and critically important to furthering our understanding of how we can effectively reduce substance abuse at the population level.
This paper was developed to be responsive to the coalition field and to help coalitions understand how environmental strategies are critical elements of a comprehensive plan to reduce substance use and abuse. Environmental strategies are used to change the context (environment) in which substance use and abuse occur. Environmental strategies incorporate efforts aimed at changing or influencing community conditions, standards, institutions, structures, systems and policies (Babor, 2003).