Consideration of Desirable Function and Feature of CBPR Center in Local University in Japan
Meanwhile, from the viewpoint of higher education administration, based on the policy to promote “university reform” described in the third mid-term goals and mid-term plans for national universities, regional national universities are strongly urged to implement activities utilizing their strengths.
Against this background, regional national universities are advancing various activities for social and regional contribution or for research targeting their respective regions. However, these activities are facing various problems, such as an increase in the workload of the personnel handling individual issues and also of some teachers. In addition, there is a mismatch between the activities and the performance evaluation and research results of the researchers. For this reason, the activities are not fully understood in the community of researchers and do not receive active participation. In view of this situation, systematic efforts aligned with the contents of the research activities of the researchers are required, in order to advance these activities on a continuous basis.
With the background and recognition described above, the Working Group for Establishment of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Center has been set up for the purpose of advancing activities of Tottori University to contribute both to society and regional communities after the COC (“Center Of Community”: on-going national program) and related researches based on the activities, and proposing a framework that will benefit both regional communities and researchers’ community.
We are considering the function and feature of CBPR center. Specifically, we are conceptualizing that using the prototyping process to detect and solve the regional problems. We will report the detail of concept in this poster.