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150602 Assessing adherence to CBPR principles as a mechanism for strengthening community-academic partnerships
Monday, November 5, 2007: 8:45 AM
Issues: Evaluation of community based participatory research (CBPR) efforts can be important in strengthening partnerships. We describe preliminary data from process evaluations of Project GRACE (Growing Reaching, Advocating for Change and Empowerment) to determine adherence to CBPR principles in the initial phases of partnership development.
Description: Project GRACE uses a CBPR approach to develop culturally sensitive and sustainable interventions to prevent HIV in African American communities. An independent contractor conducted semi-structured interviews with project steering committee members to assess project knowledge, general climate, awareness of “isms” (i.e. classism, racism), cultural differences, and whether members felt empowered to make project decisions. Members placed a premium on specificity regarding tasks to be completed, resources needed, and processes for sharing information and accountability. They also expressed concern about addressing tension and conflict on committees; sharing information about how organizations and community members are working together; addressing issues of racism, sexism and internalized racism among the group; and having community member representation on working committees.
Lessons Learned: Evaluation results were presented to the steering committee and used as a basis for changes in activities, procedures and policies. Reporting from involved organizations, community member leadership of working committees and attention to capacity building ensures that all members were empowered to make decisions regarding the project and had working knowledge of project activities.
Recommendations: Early assessment of adherence to CBPR principles can provide a practical mechanism for addressing partner concerns and strengthening community-academic partnerships.
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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