For Community Members

Introductory Resources

The following resources are designed to introduce the approach to Community Based Participatory Research.  The resources are organized based on the depth of the content and the amount of time required to review the materials.  Users may select a section based on their information needs and/or the amount of time available to spend on reviewing the information.   Each area covers very similar information.  For example, information in the brief training will also be covered in the intermediate and extensive training tools, but will cover the content in more depth and provide additional resources and tools.  Resources for intermediate and advanced users may be added in the future

Why do research?

When asked to participate in a research activity, the first question that a community-based organization may have is, “Why?”  A team from the Waimanalo Health Center, the National Association of Community Health Centers, and the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPHO) have developed a brief paper to answer this question.  The paper provides a very focused overview of key issues such as costs vs. benefits, determining how research is relevant to the organizational mission, and managing allocation of time and resources.  This is a useful introduction for organizations who have not previously participated in research.  It is also useful for organizations that are in the early stages of considering integrating research into the routine functions of the agency.  See the complete article on the AAPHO website by clicking here:

Why engage in research and how to get started

Brief (less than one hour of content)


CBPR Overview

Data Collection Methods

Intermediate (1-2 hours of content)

Research Toolkit

Community Tool Box

Toolkits helps organizations get a quick start on key activities in community work.  Users can learn a skill by selecting the work closest to what they are doing. Site provides  an outline of key tasks, examples, and links to more detailed instructional sections.

Extensive (3-6 hours of content)

Community Based Participatory Research: A Partnership Approach for Public Health

This five-part web-based training was developed and made available by Barbara Israel, Chris Coome,and Robert McGranaghan in association with the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center, the Michigan Public Health Training Center, and the University of Michigan and Yale University.   The training provides a comprehensive introduction to Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) for individuals who are new to this approach to research partnership.  It can be used by researchers from many different academic disciplines.  It is also useful for members of community-based organizations who are new to CBPR. 

The training is offered in the form of a downloadable file.  Users are asked to complete a free registration and the materials will be downloaded to your computer which allows users to go through the training at their own pace.  A certificate of completion is offered and continuing education credits are offered for nurses through November, 30, 2014 and for Certified Health Education Specialists through December 31, 2014

Intermediate Resources

The following training resources were developed by the National Institutes of Health and focus on research and the protection of human participants.

Protecting Human Research Participants

Clinical Research Training On-Line

Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research

Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Human Subjects Research


Advanced Resources

The following resources are appropriate for experienced community groups that are interested in enhancing and further developing partnership capacity, evaluation of outcomes as well as learning best practices.

Community Tool Box Database of Best Practices

Comprehensive web-based resources for exploring promising approaches to promote community health and development (see below for resources by issue):


The links below are intended for community members and members of community organizations..

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