Community-based participatory research: a collaborative study to measure capabilities towards recovery in mental health community organizations

José Ornelas, Rita Aguiar, Beatrice Sacchetto, Maria F. Jorge-Monteiro


Objective: The purpose of this article is to offer a theoretical review on community based research, namely about collaborative processes and qualitative participatory methodologies, and to present an application of this framework to the research design. Method: It is provided a review on community-based research methodology, university-community partnerships, and is described the qualitative participatory methodology used in one collaborative study. Conclusion: following the partnership guidelines for collaborative community-university research, we highlight the participatory and qualitative process that intended to develop a measure of user’s capability gains fostered by mental health community based organizations.


participatory community research; mental health organizations; qualitative methods