Short courses


Community Based Research: Getting Started

  • 9 hours (3 hours per week)
  • 3 weeks


This free online three-week course will help you learn the skills you need to carry out research in your own community using a 'citizen science' approach.

You'll learn the basics of community-based research by examining the citizen science methodology used by the RELIEF Centre in Lebanon.

You'll learn how to construct your own research questions to find out community needs and how to meet them. 

You'll develop research skills to carry out local research projects sensitively and ethically.

This is a FutureLearn MOOC (massive open online course), created in partnership with UCL.

Who the course is for

This course is for community members who want to find new solutions for community problems.

It's also suitable for:

  • community researchers recruited by NGOs
  • teachers who want to investigate relationships between school and the community
  • academic researchers in Lebanon and elsewhere
  • students wanting to carry out community research
  • leaders of community research
  • trainers of researchers in NGOs or on academic projects
  • entrepreneurs who wish to investigate the community demand for their products or find out what the community needs

Learning outcomes 

By the end of this course you'll be able to:

  • discuss the uses of community based research
  • reflect on the sensitivities and ethics of community based research
  • develop research skills appropriate to community based research
  • assess the varying perspectives of different stakeholders in community based research
  • identify a research question for community based research and appropriate research methods to answer it
  • produce a proposal for a community based research project

Course information last modified: 26 Oct 2021, 15:46