Principle 9: 

Share and act on findings and knowledge gained from the project

Sharing findings with the broader community in an accessible and respectful way and providing opportunities for everyone to be involved in dissemination strategies such as publications and presentations at the local, state, district/county and national levels is important.


Capacities (competencies and conditions)

        Ability to identify audiences that need to receive the information and outputs

        Ability to interpret findings in ways that are understandable, respectful and where ownership of knowledge is recognized

        Ability to develop education materials outlining the key changes brought about through the CBPR process

        Ability to engage in networking and the sharing of findings

        Ability to adapt findings based on validation processes or suggestions from stakeholders where understandings may be misrepresented in initial research data

        Capacity to purposefully develop and share new knowledge, products and resources that can inform policy and practice

  •         Public interests are represented in the decision-making process

            Community residents perceive value of engaging the CBPR process

            Changes from the CBPR process are embedded in networks and policy/practice

            Shared power through joint development of publications and presentations can lead to new opportunities for the research partnership

  •         Consult with research partners and participants prior to making outputs public

            Create an agreed acknowledgement which outlines the contributions of participants

            Adapt draft outputs to reflect the views and ideas of all members of the research partnership and other people impacted by the issues

            Ensure participation of community researchers in national, sub-national and local fora

            Create mechanisms to actively disseminate partnership news through radio shows, newsletters, social media etc.

            Develop a stakeholders communication mapping/matrix to inform the dissemination plan

            Develop a train-the-trainers program to strengthen the capacity of community partners and other community leaders to train others in policy and advocacy and in promoting practice change

            Facilitate the research partnership to organise and hold discussions with decision-makers

            Support the use of participatory methodologies to disseminate and validate research findings that draw on local community assets. E.g. use of drama, art, storytelling etc.

            Develop a clear dissemination plan at the project inception that is reviewed regularly and has inputs from all members of the research partnership

  •         Disseminated information about the project outcomes locally, nationally and internationally through appropriate communication channels

            Number of community researchers or community members in community health boards or other forums who did not participate in these forums previously

            Educational materials are shared and used in policy, practice or implementation

            Evidence of adaptations made to findings or actions based on dissemination and validation processes and stakeholder feedback

            Dissemination plan produced and re-visited regularly

            Engagement of local actors or health systems in dissemination efforts 

  •         Outcome evaluations with questions related to the program’s effect on participants’ knowledge, perceived self-efficacy and collective efficiency, behavioural intentions, and behaviours related to policy advocacy and practice change.

            Perceived self-efficacy and collective efficacy assessment      

            Policy change assessments (including questions on whether co-researchers have worked towards policy change in the last six months, and if so, the types of policy and advocacy activities they have implemented (e.g., attended a hearing, participated on a policymaking board, written letters)

            Dissemination plans – version controlled

            Media outputs

            Educational materials for training of trainers and community members

            Dissemination materials

            Co-authorship of outputs with academic and community researchers

            Recordings or notes from conversations with decision makers

            Notes from health fora where research partnership members have presented ideas

            Audio visual outputs such as blogs, vlogs and podcasts

*Please note that some statements are adaptations or direct quotes from the papers listed in the reference section