Evaluating community-based participatory research to improve community-partnered science and community health

Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2012 Fall;6(3):289-99. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2012.0049.


Background: Since 2007, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Policy Research Center (PRC) has partnered with the Universities of New Mexico and Washington to study the science of community-based participatory research (CBPR). Our goal is to identify facilitators and barriers to effective community-academic partnerships in American Indian and other communities, which face health disparities.

Objectives: We have described herein the scientific design of our National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study (2009-2013) and lessons learned by having a strong community partner leading the research efforts.

Methods: The research team is implementing a mixed-methods study involving a survey of principal investigators (PIs) and partners across the nation and in-depth case studies of CBPR projects.

Results: We present preliminary findings on methods and measures for community-engaged research and eight lessons learned thus far regarding partnership evaluation, advisory councils, historical trust, research capacity development of community partner, advocacy, honoring each other, messaging, and funding.

Conclusions: Study methodologies and lessons learned can help community-academic research partnerships translate research in communities.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Community-Based Participatory Research / organization & administration*
  • Community-Institutional Relations*
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.) / organization & administration
  • Public Health
  • Research
  • Trust
  • United States
  • Universities / organization & administration*