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the fieldwork approach

Community-based fieldworker force
At the heart of the Infusion approach lie the fieldworkers on our projects. Infusion follows a methodology referred to as community-based participatory research.

What is community-based participatory research (CBPR)?
The WL Kellogg Foundation defines it as “a collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners in the research process and recognises the unique strengths that each brings”. Community-based participatory research has also been referred to as ‘results-oriented philanthropy’ where community power is harnessed to understand community needs. For a comprehensive explanation of this research approach, refer to the article.

When is community-based participatory research even more effective?
It is particularly effective in studies conducted in racial/ethnic communities or those that experience forms of discrimination because of cultural differences or poverty.

What is the underlying premise?
Including community members and community-based service providers as partners in the research process is not only a matter of respect, it increases the capacity of researchers to identify, understand and effectively address key issues.
The inclusion of community members can also be beneficial because it ensures that cultural interpretation is not left out of the loop in the design and analysis of the research projects at hand.

What is the outcome of this approach?
The outcome of this approach has been phenomenal!
We are working with amazing teams in every area where we conduct research. The local co-ordinators are leaders in their communities and fieldworkers have become more knowledgeable than they believed possible about issues in their environments.

The training provided has given many people the opportunity for formal employment, helped others to pay for their studies or provide a better life for their families.

During the first year, a team of two community-based project mangers, seven community-based co-ordinators and 60 community-based fieldworkers have participated in the project. In recent months, the fieldwork base has doubled.

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