174344 Evaluating the implementation of a community-based research program benefitting older people: The Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging

Monday, October 27, 2008: 2:45 PM

Elaine Wethington, PhD , Human Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Karl Pillemer, PhD , Human Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
The aim of this paper is to present data from an ongoing evaluation of the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging (CITRA). CITRA, an Edward R. Roybal Center, is a community-researcher collaboration in the service of older New York City residents, connecting researchers at Cornell University-Ithaca with researchers in the Weill Medical College Division of Geriatrics and the Westchester Psychiatric Division. CITRA includes a “research ready” network of 265 agencies that deliver direct service to 300,000 older New Yorkers. Developing a community-based participatory research approach to issues affecting older people is a priority recognized by NIH. Currently no published research syntheses document in a rigorous way the value added to research projects by using CBPR. Similarly, no research documents benefits to research organizations by adopting CBPR. We apply the RE-AIM framework (R. Glasgow) to evaluate the impact of the CITRA program on investigators, the research organization, and community research partners. Key CITRA activities are a pilot studies program that matches researchers to agencies and centers interested in hosting projects, an investigator development program, and researcher-community workshops on key elder service issues. Outcomes being assessed are standard indicators of investigator productivity, investigator adoption of community-based methods, agency research capacity and readiness to partner, successful dissemination of study findings, and adoption of findings by policy makers. Early CITRA successes include: 1) adoption of two study findings into agency practice city-wide; 2) high productivity among pilot investigators; and 3) institutionalization of the CITRA investigator education program at both Cornell campuses.

Learning Objectives:
1. Apply the RE-AIM model to evaluate the implementation of a community-based participatory research program. 2. Articulate the evaluation criteria appropriate at the levels of research organization, investigator, community partners, and community. 3. Identify features of the program that are effective or ineffective and encourage replication of the program in other settings.

Keywords: Community Collaboration, Professional Training

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the co-Principal Investigator on the NIA grant that funds this project, the co-Director of the institute it has founded, and the director of the Pilot Studies core.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.