Objectives: A community-academic team implemented a study involving collection of quantitative data using a computer-based audience response system (ARS) whereby community partners led data collection efforts. The team participated in a reflection exercise after the data collection to evaluate and identify best practices and lessons learned about the community partner-led process.
Design & sample: The methods involved a qualitative research consultant who facilitated the reflection exercise that consisted of two focus groups-one academic and one community research team members. The consultant then conducted content analysis. Nine members participated in the focus groups.
Results: The reflection identified the following themes: the positive aspects of the ARS; challenges to overcome; and recommendations for the future.
Conclusion: The lessons learned here can help community-academic research partnerships identify the best circumstances in which to use ARS for data collection and practical steps to aid in its success.
Keywords: community-based participatory research; community/public health; computers/technology; data collection methods.
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