Using Technology to Facilitate Collaboration in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)

Lauren Jessell, Vivian Smith, Alexis Jemal, Liliane Windsor

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This study explores the use of Computer-Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW) technologies, by way of a computer-based system called iCohere. This system was used to facilitate collaboration conducting Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Data was gathered from 13 members of a Community Collaborative Board (CCB). Analysis revealed that iCohere served the following functions: facilitating communication, providing a depository for information and resource sharing, and allowing for remote meeting attendance. Results indicated that while iCohere was useful in performing these functions, less expensive technologies had the potential to achieve similar goals if properly implemented. Implications for future research on CSCW systems and CBPR are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-255
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Technology in Human Services
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2 2016


  • Community based participatory research
  • computer supported collaborative work
  • impact of technology
  • information & communication technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Social Sciences
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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