CBPR Project

NARCH Research Partnership

"A National Study of Community-Academic Partnerships" (U26IHS300009/02) funded through the Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH), National Institutes for Health (NIH) & Indian Health Service (2009-2013). This project is an in-depth investigation of promoters and barriers to Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) in American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) communities and other underserved (minority communities); in order to improve health status and health equity.  This research project invites the participation of CBPR projects from all NIH Institutes and Centers; to participate in a national study design that strengthens the science of how CBPR partnerships address health disparities.

The NARCH research partnership is based on multiple reciprocal relationships with allocated responsibilities for the following partners:

  • National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center (NCAIPRC) led by Dr. Malia Villegas (Alutiiq/Sugpiaq), will convene a national Community of Practice (CoP), a multi-site leadership group of participating CBPR projects, an Executive Council, and a Scientific Community Advisory Committee.
  • University of Washington led by Dr. Bonnie Duran (Opelousas/Coushatta), is responsible for development, implementation, and analysis of a survey of approximately 80 CBPR sites.
  • University of New Mexico led by Dr. Nina Wallerstein, is responsible for qualitative development of vignettes for the survey instrument, and 8 case studies of CBPR projects.

Funded initially as a pilot from 2006-2009, by the National Center for Minority Health Health Disparities (NIMHD) this project is supported by through the NARCH/NIH/Indian Health Service mechanism  from 2009-2013 with additional NIMHD support. Presently, in Year-4 of a four year study, we have conducted seven Case Study investigations of CBPR partnerships throughout the United States. Our Case Study research design is qualitative utilizing in-depth interviews and focus groups, based on our conceptual CBPR model illustrated below. For more information about this research project please download our Fact Sheet.

Mixed-Methods Research Design & Data Collection Instruments:

  1. Qualitative Methods : Selected community-academic partnerships case studies - Total of 8 partnerships
    1. Case Study site visit involves:
      1. Interview Guide Data Collection Instrument (10-12 per case study)
      2. Focus Group Data Collection Instrument (varies per partnership)
      3. Observation of partnership meeting (community-academic processes)
      4. Partner Timeline (discussion of partner context)
      5. Brief Partner Survey Data Collection Instrument (12-20 per case study)
  2. Quantitative Methods: Study universe identified of CBPR Projects from 2009 RePORT database (excluded: pilot, RO3, training grants); added NARCH grants - Total 318 CBPR projects
    1. Internet Survey Involves:
      1. Key Informant Data Collection Instrument (15 minutes: for the PI) $20.00 incentive
      2. Community Engagement Data Collection Instrument (for PI and 1 other academic; and 2-3 community partners) $20.00 incentive for each

Grant Accomplishments:

  1. CBPR Conceptual Model (please see below);
  2. Project Code of Ethics and Integrity; Protocols for Publications, Student Involvement, Communications;
  3. Literature Review of Measurement Tools/Constructs (Sandoval et al, 2011);    
  4. Interactive CBPR Model linked to instruments and to variables matrix/measures (Pearson et al, 2011);
  5. Focus Group Guide for Partnership Collective Reflection and Evaluation (PowerPoint presentation available click here to download)

CBPR Conceptual Model (Click for high resolution image)

cbpr model