Academic incentives for faculty participation in community-based participatory research

J Gen Intern Med. 2003 Jul;18(7):576-85. doi: 10.1046/j.1525-1497.2003.20350.x.


Recognizing the need to overcome the obstacles of traditional university- and discipline-oriented research approaches, a variety of incentives to promote community-based participatory research (CBPR) are presented. Experiences of existing CBPR researchers are used in outlining how this methodological approach can appeal to faculty: the common ground shared by faculty and community leaders in challenging the status quo; opportunities to have an impact on local, regional, and national policy; and opening doors for new research and funding opportunities. Strategies for promoting CBPR in universities are provided in getting CBPR started, changing institutional practices currently inhibiting CBPR, and institutionalizing CBPR. Among the specific strategies are: development of faculty research networks; team approaches to CBPR; mentoring faculty and students; using existing national CBPR networks; modifying tenure and promotion guidelines; development of appropriate measures of CBPR scholarship; earmarking university resources to support CBPR; using Institutional Review Boards to promote CBPR; making CBPR-oriented faculty appointments; and creating CBPR centers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Planning
  • Community Participation*
  • Faculty, Medical* / organization & administration
  • Health Promotion*
  • Health Services Research / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Motivation
  • United States