258255 Degree of community participation across time and place: A case study

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Rebecca Paradiso de Sayu, PhD, MSW , School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI, WI
Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a dynamic process where community and academic partners work together to improve the health of community members. While the CBPR literature outlines principles that contribute to successful CBPR partnerships, less is known about whether the degree of the community partner's participation across various aspects of the research process contributes to the success of research projects (where success is defined as a meaningful process and outcomes).

In this paper, we describe a retrospective assessment of our experiences partnering with several community agencies to conduct CBPR health interventions that feature a promotora de salud (lay health educator) model. The purpose of our assessment was to understand whether the degree to which community partners participated in various aspects of the research process mattered and, if so, how their participation affected the success of the projects. Focus groups were conducted with the team of academic partners from our studies, including the project investigator and project managers, to assess how the degree of community participation varied across studies. A qualitative content analysis was completed to examine themes that emerged from the focus groups.

Results suggest that considering the level of community participation across various aspects of the research process is important to the success of CBPR projects. To illuminate our findings, we highlight the experience of working with one of our community partners for which the research process has been remarkably fluid and productive, as well as share lessons learned from partnering with various community partners across time and place.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe factors that contribute to successful community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnerships. Explain how the degree of a community partner's participation contributes to the success of research partnerships. Discuss how findings from the present study could assist in the development and support of successful CBPR partnerships.

Keywords: Participatory Research, Partner Involvement

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have considerable experience managing community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects around such topics as: cancer health disparities in underserved communities, transitions in-and-out of middle school among African Americans; and informational needs of Latino parents of children with autism. I have received training in the areas of community-based research methods, health disparities and evaluation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I am a dissertator investigating how CBPR partnerships address social determinants of health in their research.
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.