Community Partnered Research Ethics Training in Practice: A Collaborative Approach to Certification

J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2016 Apr;11(2):97-105. doi: 10.1177/1556264616650802. Epub 2016 May 30.


This report describes the development and implementation of a tailored research ethics training for academic investigators and community research partners (CRP). The Community Partnered Research Ethics Training (CPRET) and Certification is a free and publicly available model and resource created by a university and community partnership to ensure that traditional and non-traditional research partners may study, define, and apply principles of human subjects' research. To date, seven academic and 34 CRP teams have used this highly interactive, engaging, educational, and relationship building process to learn human subjects' research and be certified by the University of Pittsburgh Institutional Review Board (IRB). This accessible, flexible, and engaging research ethics training process serves as a vehicle to strengthen community and academic partnerships to conduct ethical and culturally sensitive research.

Keywords: CBPR; community; community-based participatory research; research ethics; training.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Certification*
  • Community-Based Participatory Research*
  • Community-Institutional Relations*
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Ethics Committees, Research
  • Ethics, Research / education*
  • Humans
  • Pennsylvania
  • Research Personnel / education*
  • Residence Characteristics*
  • Universities