What is CBPR?

Community-based Participatory Research Best Practice

From the National Community Committee of the Prevention Research Centers

Policies, procedures and/or protocols are in place for the academic institution to identify, select, orient, engage and retain its community partners.

The respective roles of community and academic partners are mutually determined, defined, documented and improved/adjusted.

Community partners are involved in the governance of the research partnership.

Community partners are involved in the research project’s:

  • Design
  • Implementation
  • Evaluation
  • Budget development and reviews
  • Resource allocation

Community partners are involved in interpretation and dissemination of research project findings in the focus community.

  • Community partners are involved and recognized as co-authors and/or presenters of:policy position papers
  • Peer-review journal articles
  • Poster sessions or oral presentations for professional meetings

Processes are in place for the academic and community partners to perform an ongoing evaluation of the partnership to increase its chances for success, and input from community partners is documented and acted upon.

The academic institution disseminates CBPR “lessons learned” to other academic institutions, to benefit new and emerging community-academic partnerships for prevention research.

Benefits for the focus community are achieved as a result of its participation as a partner in the research project (as expressed by community members).

The capacity, skills and ability of the focus community members are expanded as a result of the research project implementation (as expressed by community members).

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