CBPR supports or expands structures and processes that contribute to the ability of community members to be part of research. This may include individual skills and assets; networks of trusting relationships, cooperation and mutual commitment; and structures within the community, such as religious institutions, where community members come together and feel comfortable to engage. Community strengths and resources can provide an amplify the voices of disadvantaged communities in research.
Capacities (Competencies and conditions)
● Commitment to become familiar with the context, the people, their culture and their priorities and needs
● Ability to explore and embrace existing strengths and resources within a community
● Appreciation of the value of different forms of knowledge; experiential, contextual, technical etc.
● Ability to identify one’s own capacities and those of peers
● Capacity to identify existing community structures (physical spaces) and institutions that could contribute towards change
● Understanding of how to leverage formal and informal governance structures to make positive changes
● Ability to assess and apply assets and strengths to collect and analyse data to contribute to change
*Please note that some statements are adaptations or direct quotes from the papers listed in the reference section