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Agricultural Research Service

Title: Capacity Building of Communities and Academia in the Research Process in the Lower Mississippi Delta Nutrition Intervention Research Initiative (Niri)

item McCabe Sellers, Beverly
item Prewitt, Elaine - DELTA NIRI
item Strickland, Earline - DELTA NIRI
item Mcgee, Bernestine - DELTA NIRI
item Hyman, Edith - DELTA NIRI
item Bogle, Margaret

Submitted to: International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: April 20, 2005
Publication Date: June 16, 2005
Citation: McCabe Sellers, B.J., Prewitt, E., Strickland, E., McGee, B., Hyman, E., Bogle, M.L. 2005. Capacity building of communities and academia in the research process in the Lower Mississippi Delta Nutrition Intervention Research Initiative (NIRI) [abstract]. Proceedings of International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. p. 89-90.

Technical Abstract: Purpose: The purpose is to outline the process by which community based participatory research (CBPR) builds capacity of rural communities and academicians to promote full participation of all partners in research interventions and activities. Background: While full participation of community members in all aspects of CBPR is considered ideal, literature provides little practical details and guidance about preparation of community members or academicians new to CBPR for these critical roles. Methods/Key Words: Original community participation was begun through a key informant survey (KIS), followed by comprehensive participation and planning evaluation (CPPE) that identified three major problems and their root causes amenable to nutrition intervention. Local NIRI groups were formed to begin designing interventions to address one or more of these causes. Intervention subcommittees and working groups were formed within the local NIRI to plan and develop specific interventions. Specific questions and concerns of community members began to appear and these highlighted the need for developing definitions, guidelines, criteria, and training in the research process for both community and university partners. Need for a new type of "umbrella" Institutional Review Board entity began to arise to meet the community's sense of urgency in intervention implementation. Conclusions: Questions and concerns that arose in this process illustrate the need for research capacity building. Experience in community participation is needed for both community residents and academicians new to CBPR. Tailored training in the research process including designing, training, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination procedures is needed to fully implement CBPR.

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