Capacity building from the inside out: development and evaluation of a CITI ethics certification training module for American Indian and Alaska Native community researchers

J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2014 Feb;9(1):46-57. doi: 10.1525/jer.2014.9.1.46.


Current human subject research training modules fail to capture ethically relevant cultural aspects of research involving American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) community members. Applying a Community Engaged Research (CEnR) approach, we adapted the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative training module "assessing risk and benefits." In a two-arm randomized controlled trial, followed by debriefing interviews, we evaluated module acceptability and understandability (test scores) among 40 reservation-based community members. Participants who took the adapted module, compared to those who took the standard module, reported higher scores on relevance of the material overall satisfaction, module quiz scores, and a trend toward higher self-efficacy. Implications of the efficacy of this approach for enhancing ethics training and community participation in research within AI/AN and other cultural populations within and outside the United States are discussed.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alaska
  • Capacity Building*
  • Certification / standards
  • Community Participation
  • Community-Based Participatory Research*
  • Comprehension
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Culture*
  • Curriculum / standards*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Ethics, Research / education*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American*
  • Inuit*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Self Efficacy
  • United States
  • Young Adult