Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is a collaborative approach to research that integrates both the community, where the research is being conducted to empower and improve community well-being, and University members and resources. While there are no specific set principles for every CBPR partnership, these nine principles of CBPR have been developed based on extensive review of literature. The nine listed principles include: “(1)CBPR recognizes community as a unit of identify; (2)builds on strengths and resources within the community; (3)facilitates a collaborative, equitable partnership in all phases of the research, (4)involving an empowering and power-sharing process that attends to social inequalities; (5)fosters co-learning and capacity building among all partners; (6)integrates and achieves a balance between knowledge generation and intervention for mutual benefit of all partners; (7)focuses on the local relevance of public health problems and ecologic perspectives that recognize and attend to the multiple determinants of health; (8)involves systems development using a cyclical and iterative process; disseminates results to all partners and involves them in the dissemination process; and (9)involves a long-term process and commitment to sustainability.” (1)
While there are many disparate efforts currently going within the University of Mississippi (UM) and many faculty/staff committed to CBPR work within the state of Mississippi, we have developed a streamlined and comprehensive list of currently accessible resources to help guide new and seasoned communities and researchers through the process. Some of the resources that have been beneficial in other community-university CBPR efforts include sample template forms, webinars, curriculums, podcasts, and publications. First, we provide links that will direct users to UM resources, such as the University/Community Service Directory and other UM departments that engage in community-university relations. Second, we have research and integrate reviewed publications and websites to foster CBPR principles. These resources outline ways to approach these partnerships, how to develop and sustain relationship-building, in addition to achieving your research mission. We hope that these resources will be streamlined to guide and encourage University CBPR efforts to support the communities in our state. Third, and finally, these resource pages will be updated regularly, so please check back often.
To begin further tailoring this list of resources we will also be disseminating a ‘CBPR Needs-Based Assessment’ to UM faculty and staff in late August (so please be on the lookout for that ☺). This will allow UM CREW to gauge how we can best serve and improve University CBPR efforts, while aligning with the core principles of CBPR.
- Israel BA, Schulz AJ, Parker EA, Becker AB, Allen A, Guzman JR. 2003. Critical issues in developing and following community-based participatory research principles. In: Community-Based Participatory Research for Health (Minkler M, Wallerstein N, eds). San Francisco, CA:Jossey-Bass, 56–73.