11th Annual Qualitative Research Summer Intensive

When Jul 28, 2014 09:30 AM to
Aug 01, 2014 05:00 PM
Where The Carolina Inn
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Courses will include:

CBPR – Community-Based Participatory Research: Practical Tools and Structures (July 28 & 29)

Instructors: Geni Eng, Melvin Jackson, Alexandra Lightfoot, Jennifer Schaal

Whether new to or experienced with engaging communities in research, investigators are challenged by the inevitable tensions between scientific requirements for rigor and control, and communitarian demands for participation and transparency. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is often complicated by multi-layered partnerships, based in power relations negotiated between diverse groups (each with specific histories, politics, and cultures), while being regulated by external forces of research governance. What is distinctive about CBPR is a set of principles to guide the openness, fluidity, and unpredictability of a collaborative approach to research.

Through conducting CBPR since 1991, our team of academic and community-based investigators has developed and used practical tools and structures for CBPR partners to: 

- define a common vocabulary to discuss power and inequities
- codify equitable decision-making power
- anticipate and manage conflict
- approve and co-author findings and publications
- establish alternate institutional ethical review processes 

In this course, you will receive copies of these tools and structures for your consideration. We will use a blend of brief lectures, interactive discussions, and a reading/writing exercise to stimulate all of us to think creatively about CBPR tools and structures and apply the results to our own work. For example, to analyze and guide our practice in applying CBPR principles, you will receive a real life case of a community-academic partnership engaged in using the qualitative research method of critical incident technique interview. Through this case, we will explore if African American and White women, diagnosed and treated with breast cancer at the same facility, received cancer care that was the same. We are enthusiastic about the potential for co-learning that will occur.

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