Developing and Sustaining Community-Based Participatory Research Partnerships: A Skill-Building Curriculum
NOTE: This curriculum is housed on the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health website. All information below is taken from: The Examining Community-Institutional Partnerships for Prevention Research Group. Developing and Sustaining Community-Based Participatory Research Partnerships: A Skill-Building Curriculum. 2006. www.cbprcurriculum.info
As interest in community-based participatory research (CBPR) grows, there is a growing need and demand for educational resources that help build the knowledge and skills needed to develop and sustain effective CBPR partnerships. This curriculum seeks to address this need and demand. This evidence-based curriculum is intended as a tool for community-institutional partnerships that are using or planning to use a CBPR approach to improving health. It can be used by partnerships that are just forming as well as mature partnerships.
About the curriculum authors
The material and information presented in this curriculum are based on the work of the Community-Institutional Partnerships for Prevention Research Group that emerged from the Examining Community-Institutional Partnerships for Prevention Research Project. Information is drawn from the experiences and materials of project partners, as well as other print and electronic sources. In some cases, portions of existing materials were adapted or modified to address the goals of the curriculum. When applicable, permission has been granted by the authors or copyright holders.
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The proper citation for the curriculum is: The Examining Community-Institutional Partnerships for Prevention Research Group. Developing and Sustaining Community-Based Participatory Research Partnerships: A Skill-Building Curriculum. 2006. www.cbprcurriculum.info
Curriculum overview, goals and objectives
Developing and Sustaining Community-Based Participatory Research Partnerships: A Skill-Building Curriculum presents an opportunity to explore the practice of CBPR as an innovative approach for improving health. The curriculum intends to foster critical thinking and action on issues impacting CBPR and community-institutional partnerships. The curriculum is built upon a combination of experiential and didactic approaches to teaching and learning. Through clearly presented content, examples and exercises that stimulate new ways of thinking "outside of the box," you will:
- Develop a deeper understanding of the basic principles of CBPR and strategies for applying them
- Understand the key steps involved in developing and sustaining CBPR partnerships
- Identify common challenges faced by CBPR partnerships and suggested strategies and resources for overcoming them
- Develop and enhance skills for all partners that will enhance their capacity for supporting and sustaining authentic CBPR partnerships
The curriculum is intended as a tool for use by community-institutional partnerships that are using or planning to use a CBPR approach to improving health. It can be used by partnerships that are just forming as well as existing partnerships. It is intended for use by health professions faculty and researchers, students and post-doctoral fellows, staff of community-based organizations, and staff of public health agencies at all skill levels.
Suggestions for using the curriculum
Developing a CBPR partnership is a dynamic process. Partnerships may want to use the curriculum from their inception, or use specific sections that address specific challenges the partnership is currently facing. The curriculum may be used:
- In the early stages of developing a partnership to...
- Orient partners to CBPR
- Stimulate conversations around key questions and issues as the partnership is forming
- Establish principles, policies and procedures that lay the foundation of a successful partnership
- Within a partnership to...
- Work through concerns or challenges and develop locally relevant solutions
- Assess the extent to which the partnership has embraced CBPR
- Orient new partners to CBPR
- In classroom discussions on CBPR
- In training workshops with "mixed audiences" of community, academic and health department representatives
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