Mizan-K4C Hub

Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Mentor Training Program (MTP)

Asia Region 


Mizan Knowledge for Change (K4C) Hub, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) is the lead coordinator for UNESCO Knowledge for Change (K4C) and Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Mentor Training Program (MTP) in Asia Region. The K4C – CBPR-MTP training and certification is offered based on the guide and collaboration of Mizan K4C Hub, USIM with the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, a joint chair supported by the University of Victoria (UVic) in Canada and the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) in India. The UNESCO Chair has initiated the K4C – CBPR – MTP program and established various K4C hubs across the globe and now associated under the Knowledge for Change (K4C) Global Consortium for Training in Community Based Research. 

Mizan K4C Hub conducts regular workshops providing teaching and learning to enhance Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) skills to researchers, academics, students and community workers. The hub also strives to uphold its core objectives of establishment or to promote United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sustainable lifestyle, and balanced individual. The centre aims to widen the practice of CBPR in the region with community engagement seeking to pave for change towards betterment of the community by the community. Upon completion the K4C-CBPR-MTP training, all participants will received CBPR MTP mentor certificate that will be jointly awarded by Mizan K4C Hub, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) and the UNESCO Chair.

K4C – CBPR – MTP Training Design and Structure

1Name of Organizations
  1. Mizan K4C Hub, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
  2. UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, University of Victoria (UVic), Canada and the Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) in India.
2Community / NGO Organizing Partner:
  1. Local IYC K4C Hub, International Youth Centre (IYC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  2. Malaysia Youth Council
  3. Malay Agricultural Settlement (M.A.S) Kampong Bharu
  1. Mizan K4C Hub, Mizan Research Centre (MRC), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) : 10 Weeks K4C – CBPR – MTP Academic Training
  2. International Younth Centre, Kuala Lumpur : 2 Weeks K4C – CBPR – MTP Residency Training (The Residency Training can also be conducted by other partnering organizations accross Asia Region)
4Potential students:
  1. University academics and researchers
  2. Undergraduate and postgraduate students
  3. NGOs: Members of MBM, community associations
  4. Public authority officers
5Resource persons:


USIM (Academia)

  1. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mahazan Abdul Mutalib (Lead Coordinator)
  2. Assoc. Prof. Dr Izawati Wook
  3. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd. Dzulkhairi Mohd. Rani
  4. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Khairunneezam Mohd. Noor
  5. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nuruliza Roslan
  6. Dr. Mohd. Faridh Hafez Mhd. Omar

Civil Society / NGO Mentor

  1. Dr. Jufitri Joha, President Benevolent Malaysia & Former President for Malaysia Youth Council
  2. Dr. Syafiqah Abdul Rahim, Malaysia Youth Council
  3. Mr. Jadzreill Jaafar, International Youth Centre (IYC)
  4. Mrs. Hazila Kamaruddin, International Youth Centre (IYC)
  5. Khairiyah Lani, Independent Mentor
6Training Program:
  1. 10 weeks online K4C – CBPR – MTP by using USIM MOOC Platform (Goals / MsTeam)
  2. 2 weeks K4C – CBPR – MTP Face to Face Residency
  1. Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia (Academic training)
  2. International Youth Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Residency Training)
8Program objective:
  1. To impart knowledge on theory and practice of CBPR to improve the overall impacts of community-based research for the betterment of society.
  2. To instil values and ethics of CBPR for researchers, students, community activists, and public at large.
  3. To develop and practice skills in CBPR in the design of the CBPR proposal, methods, data analysis, finding dissemination.
9Program outcome:

On the completion of the program, participants should be able to

  1. Understand the theory and practice of CBPR
  2. Understand the methods and approaches of conducting CBPR
  3. Practice values and ethics of CBPR
  4. Practice skills necessary in conducting CBPR via learning by doing approach
10Focus of the Hub in Relation to UN SDGs:The Mizan K4C Hub, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia committed to support all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by providing necessary capacity building courses in relation to doing action research with the collaboration of community champions and organizations. Specifically, the Mizan K4C Hub focus mostly on the issues of community development, promoting sustainable livelihood, promoting indigenous concept of living or the Sejahtera Living, supporting activities to develop leadership capacity at community level, and advocating Sejahtera Education to produce balanced individual. The Mizan K4C Hub strives to promote fairness and justice by focusing on the concept of inclusivity in doing research by also engaging the indigenous people of Malaysia along with other major races of the country.
11Mizan K4C Hub and the Objectives of USIM:Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM0 is the 12th public university of Malaysia. Established in the year 1999, USIM strives to become an Islamic University that able to answer the needs of community by becoming a university that engage community and industry in most of it academic and research activities. USIM has a social responsibility to transform students that are graduated from Islamic religious schools in Malaysia to become productive citizens, civilised, and  able to demonstrate noble and exemplary personality. In achieving this targets, USIM aims to become a socially responsible university by conducting community-relevant researches and academic activities, The Mizan K4C Hub has been recognised by USIM as one of the university major initiatives to contribute to the society. This could be seen from the commitment of the university to establish the Mizan Research Centre (MRC) in 2015 to conduct research and community projects related to sustainability, justice, and wellbeing. Based on the objectives of USIM and the university commitment to community, it is expected that the Mizan K4C Hub will get full support by the university.
12Language of Instruction:Malay and English
13Program delivery:

This is a 12 weeks online and face-to-face workshop held under the principles of adult learning with active learning and participation of the participants. It is imperative for the participants to engage with the entire programmes of the course via ‘Learning by Doing’ approach in order to embrace the values of CBPR and able to practise the skills effectively.

As part of the completion of the course, participants are required to prepare a research proposal in partnership with a community organisations, conduct a fieldwork and prepare report for the finding. CBPR local hub mentors will act as local supervisors for the case study. Participants are required to engage multiple partners in conducting the case study including relevant any civil society organisations, interested observers, and the public at large.

14Content of curriculum:

Module 1 | Pre-Course Preparations, Orientation & Welcome

Module 2 | Introduction to Research and Knowledge Production

Module 3 | Research Partnerships and Field Study

Module 4 | History and Development of Community Based Participatory Research

Module 5 | Participatory Research Methods

Module 6 & 7 | Face to face Learning Residency

Module 8 | Reflections from the residency

Module 9 | Knowledge and Power

Module 10 | Knowledge mobilization

Module 11 | Ethics and Values

Module 12 | Impact Assessment

Module 13 & 14 | Field study

Module 15 | Reflections on Process of CBPR from Field Study

Module 16 | Adult Education and Experiential Learning

Module 17 | Teaching CBPR

Module 18 | Designing a CBPR curriculum for your hub

Module 19 | Becoming self-critical and reflexive mentors/facilitators

Module 20 | Bringing K4C to life: Show us your ideas for your hubs

Module 21 | MTP – Evaluation


Local references / Non-English Resources:


Main References:

Hall, B.; Tandon, R.; Tremblay, C. (2015). Strengthening Community University Research Partnerships: Global Perspectives. University of Victoria and PRIA. http://hdl.handle.net/1828/6509

UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education (2015). Institutionalizing Community-University Research Partnerships. A user’s manual. University of Victoria and PRIA. http://hdl.handle.net/1828/6921

Tandon, R.; Hall, B.; Lepore, W., Singh, W. (2016). Knowledge and Engagement: Building Capacity for the Next Generation of Community Based Researchers. UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education and PRIA. http://hdl.handle.net/1828/7989

Tandon, R., Hall, B., Lepore, W., Singh, W. (2016). Training the Next Generation of Community Based Researchers. A Guide for Trainers. UNESCO Chair CBR-SR, 2016. http://unescochair-cbrsr.org/pdf/FINAL_Training_the_Next_Generation_2016.pdf

UNESCO Chair CBR-SR (2016). Training the Next Generation of Community Based Research. A Guide for Trainers. https://distance.moodle.uvcs.uvic.ca/pluginfile.php/178936/mod_page/content/32/M3%20-%20FINAL_Training_the_Next_Generation_2016.pdf

Hall, B., and Tandon, R. (2017) ‘Participatory research: Where have we been, where are we going? – A dialogue’. Research for All, 1 (2): 365–74. (You need to login with your NetlinkID and download the PDF) https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/8562

Teoh, G. K., Tan, M. P., Tan, J. S., & Chong, M. C. (2018). Conducting community‐based participatory research in an urban Malaysian community: Lessons learned and challenges in establishing partnership.

Brawer, W., Josephson, K., Lydon, M. (2018). Mapping our Common Ground. A Community and green mapping resource guide. Third Edition. UVic Community Mapping Collaboratory. At http://mapping.uvic.ca/sites/mapping.uvic.ca/files/Mapping%20Our%20Common%20Ground%202018%20low%20res.pdf

Tremblay, C., & Jayme, B. (2015), Co-creating community knowledge through Participatory Video. Journal of Action Research: Special edition on Knowledge Democracy, 13(3), pp. 298-314.  http://journals.sagepub.com.ezproxy.library.uvic.ca/doi/full/10.1177/1476750315572158

Local resources:

Hood Mohd Salleh, Mahazan Mutalib (ed). (2017). Kampung Reflection on Balanced Development. USIM Press.

Hood Mohd Salleh, Mahazan Mutalib (ed). (2019). The Future of Kampung: Discoursing the Multi Dimensional Ideas of Balance.USIM Press

Rajib Shaw (ed). (2019). Sustainable Eco-Development of Kampong Baharu: A Policy Perspective.

Azman Ab Rahman & Mohd. Ridhwan Abd Aziz (2017), Pembasmian Kemiskinan berdasarkan Maqasid Al-Syariah. USIM Press.

Mahazan Mutalib et al. (2017), Masjid dan Pembangunan Komuniti Bandar dan Luar Bandar. USIM Press

Mohamad Shatar Sabran, (2003), Model pembangunan Komuniti, Pertanika Journal of Social Science & Humanities. 11(2): 135-145 (2003)

Cerita Pribumi (Documentary of Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia), Mizan Research Centre, USIM. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNe2v5oRTY4

Kampong Bharu: Citra Sebuah Mizan (Documentary of Kampong Bharu, Kuala Lumpur). Mizan Research Centre USIM. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsiKAfaRQ_8

Zinaida Fadeeva, Laima Galkute, & Kiran Chhokar, (2018). Academia and Community Engaging for Change. United Nations University-Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability http://collections.unu.edu/eserv/UNU:6601/Academia_and_Communities_FINAL.pdf

Important Webpage:

UNESCO Chair web site: http://unescochair-cbrsr.org/

UN Sustainable Development Goals: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/

UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld

Mizan Research Centre, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM): kampungmizan.usim.edu.my/


16Fees and PaymentPayment for the course could be made to Bendahari, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) / International Youth Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Contact Us

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mahazan Abdul Mutalib

Course Coordiator, K4C – CBPR – MTP Asia Region

Mizan K4C Hub, Faculty of Leadership and Management

Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)

Email : Mahazan@usim.edu.my

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Enrolment Fee (UNESCO K4C CBPR Mentor Training Program Asia Region)

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