Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a research approach that centralizes partnership between community members, researchers, and other stakeholders who become the research team. The research team works together through all aspects of the research process, honors each other’s expertise, and shares decision-making and ownership of the data. The diagram below highlights the ways in which CBPR differs from traditional research.

Community-Based Participatory Research

In 2015, CoPALM partnered with parent group No Más Licorerías (NML), Special Service for Groups (SSG), and LA County Substance Abuse Prevention & Control (SAPC) to explore the impact of alcohol access on quality of life, as well as engage the community as partners in identifying solutions through a CBPR approach.


With the CBPR project, parents gained first-hand experience in conducting research which included survey collection and data mapping. The project focused on the communities of the Pico-Union & Westlake area, and addressed issues such as alcohol outlet density, community environment, safety, drugs, violence, and homelessness.


Upon conclusion of the research project, parents have introduced the project and presented their experiences and findings to other parent groups in the community.


The CBPR report is currently being finalized.

Stay tuned to learn more about when the report will be released!