Apply: community based participatory research can be used in community development for drafting a community profile (Ledwith, 2005, Ch 2). by using this type of research the profile will represent not only an description by an outside observer, but a storyline that is representative of the the views of community members vis-a-vis their own community. also, because this type of community profile would be a process of discovery and self-analysis for community members as well as the researchers involved it would contribute to defining a community identity that all members that believe in.
Adapt: a community profile, or better said a demographic and economic profile of a given locality, is something that planners will include in every planning effort as the basis for their subsequent proposals. i believe that a community profile that is done based on the principles of CBPR can greatly improve the analysis and proposals of planners by moving away from the "average community member" to a more nuanced view of a given neighborhood, town, city. this would result in more customized proposals, and plans that reflect the views of people who are supposed to at least support the implementation of plans. the downside, of course, is the extensive time and money cost, which may be prohibitive for many planning efforts.