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Competency evaluation framework for community-based participatory research

This framework highlights the key competencies and conditions that are required to maximise the ability of research partnerships to align with community-based participatory research principles. It has been developed by the ARISE consortium using selected published literature (*see reference list) and experiential evidence from across the consortia and partner communities. The framework includes relevant indicators and potential evidence sources that could be used to measure and the progress competencies of community researchers, academic researchers and supporting partners. It also includes mechanisms and activities for strengthening each competency to maximise the use of resources. We envision this framework will used by research partnerships, as a guide to exploring capacity strengthening options, setting indicators and collecting evidence to show the progress and quality of (CBPR) projects across contexts. 

Competency Evaluation Framework

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Options for use include:

  • Co-producing a localised, context-specific evaluation framework by selecting, adding or deleting competencies, activities, indicators and evidence that can support monitoring and evaluation
  • As a data source for developing and tracking capacity strengthening, as and when needed
  • Used by researchers and co-researchers to explore CBPR principles and related competencies when forming a new partnership or adapting an existing partnership 
  • For planning or assessing participatory activities for the benefits of a community and understanding what evidence can be collected to show progress or success
  • To support thinking about potential capacity strengthening options or activities to undertake with community researchers and/or community members

How to use the tool

This framework is flexible and adaptable to projects. It is not intended to be used in its entirety but rather as a resource to stimulate thinking around how research partnerships can strengthen the competencies (hard and soft skills) of researchers, co-researchers and implementing organisations to meaningfully take part in CBPR. These hard and soft skills are not developed and implemented within a vacuum but rather within a socio-political context with a range of conditions which the framework also draws on. Assessing, acknowledging and being aware of the conditions in which CBPR takes place is important, including the incentives of stakeholders and researchers, the political landscape of the project, participation economy, power and policy environment and social structures.

This is the first iteration and is a working document that will evolve following application and use. It has been designed around the 11 CBPR principles, outlined by Israel et al. (1998) and progressed by Minkler & Wallerstein (2008), which are included in the wheel. Click on any of the principles to see an adapted description of the principle, a list of suggested competencies and conditions that link to the principle, what potential outcomes could be acheived from improving these, suggested activities, indicators and evidence sources that could be applied to strengthen and evidence competency and condition progression within partnerships.

This is a living document and will evolve over time and use. ARISE welcomes input to the Framework and suggestions of how to use and improve it.