How do we engage communities in our research?
Silent Spring has developed an innovative field of research and practice that considers how study participants are affected by their involvement in research and explores the many benefits of community engagement.
Our work is grounded in the ethical principles of autonomy, justice, and beneficence. For instance, our evidence-based strategies for sharing personal results with study participants support their “right to know” and increase their access to environmental health information. These same principles are reflected in our community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods, in which we engage communities in developing research questions and approaches that address and respect the concerns and desires of the community.