This principle is focused on minimising and addressing the inherent inequalities within research partnerships by building trusting and mutually respectful relationships within the research partnership and with the broader community. The foundations of respectful relationships are open communication, information and power sharing, and joint decision making throughout the research process (1).
● Self-reﬂection and listening skills for power sharing in the partnership
● Capacity to balance and discuss competing interests between community researchers, the broader community, academic researchers and supporting organisations
● Capacity to uphold common values, practices and behaviours that contribute positively to CBPR partnerships
● Capacity to be flexible, accommodating (open and respectful), compromising (to achieve consensus) and committed to move the partnership and project forward
● Ability and confidence to be a guiding voice in the development and execution of a co-created research agenda (12)
● Ability to consider ‘Goodness of ﬁt’ (4) in terms of attitudes, beliefs, values for the compatibility and suitability of the partnership for the proposed CBPR project.
● Awareness of potential obstacles or enablers of strong partnerships, such as structures (i.e., governing bodies, associations, policies), processes (i.e. consenting or approval, procurement and allocation of resources), communication exchange, decision making, leadership inﬂuences, pace and timelines (13)
● Proficient leadership skills – developing the appropriate connections, motivating and inspiring others
● Expertise in democratic leadership and/or facilitation
● Understanding and ownership of varying roles within a group; catalyst, facilitator, co-learner and/or consultant
● Ability focus on sharing information, decision making power, resources and support
*Please note that some statements are adaptations or direct quotes from the papers listed in the reference section.
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