The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

4029.0: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - Table 2

Abstract #68916

Community-based investigators talk to funders: What modifications could funding agencies make to their programs to promote successful participatory research?

Shawna L. Mercer, PhD1, Margaret A. Potter, JD2, Lawrence W. Green, DrPH1, Elvis E. Fraser, PhD3, Kimberley D. Coleman, PhD3, and Jennifer K. French, BA3. (1) PHPPO, Office of Extramural Prevention Research, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway, MS K56, Atlanta, GA 30341, 770-488-8475, SMercer@cdc.gov, (2) Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Center for Public Health Practice, 3109 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, (3) The Academy for Educational Development, 1825 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC 20009

Funding agencies are increasingly interested in the promise of community-based participatory research for producing results of direct relevance to intended users and beneficiaries of the research. Yet, fundersí typical structuring of grant programs may be challenged by inherent characteristics of participatory research related to engaging community partners throughout the research process. The largest grouping to date of federally-funded participatory research grants comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionís (CDC) Extramural Prevention Research Program. Of the 55 projects funded in the first round of the EPRP, half used participatory research approaches. The purpose of this study was to learn from the principal investigators (PIs) of these projects how CDC and other funders can better support participatory research. Individual semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with the PIs and studied using thematic analyses in order to identify barriers to completing participatory projects as specified in their applications for funding. These included the need to maintain flexibility in methods and design according to community changes; time and resource costs for ongoing training and capacity building of community members; the impact on timelines of engaging the community throughout the research process; and the budgetary implications of involving multiple partners. PIs suggested that funders might better support participatory research by making explicit how mid-course changes would affect a projectís evaluation, and providing training for peer reviewers about participatory research and fundersí expectations. These findings suggest how funders could modify their grantmaking processes and other supportive activities to promote successful outcomes of participatory research.

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Keywords: Participatory Research, Funding

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Community-Based Public Health: Round Tables for Better Research and Practice

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA