How May We Meaningfully Engage Community Stakeholders In Research?

Community Engagement: The claim that engaging community stakeholders in research has numerous benefits (e.g. increasing researchers’ understanding of study populations and their needs, informing recruitment and dissemination strategies, improving quality, etc.) is widely accepted; however, logistical and financial barriers often prevent such engagement. The authors of this study report that a structured, collaborative and cross-disciplinary approach to community engagement (CE) can mollify many of the obstacles. In 2009, the Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engagement Research Core (CERC) began testing a new approach, leading to the development of the Community Engagement Studio (CE Studio), a mechanism that “provides a structured method for obtaining input from stakeholders to enhance the design, conduct, and dissemination of research.” The research core has implemented 28 CE Studios for 23 researchers, engaging 152 stakeholders. Post-CE Studio evaluations indicate that 79% of researchers believe that the CE Studio “increased their understanding of and sensitivity to the study populations.” Stakeholders gained a “deeper appreciation of the complexity of clinical research and became invested in the project’s success.” Thus far, projects have been focused on clinical research; however, basic science and medical education researchers would also benefit from this holistic approach. Medical Education administrators may also wish to share this with faculty and students conducting research. Interested parties who would like to replicate this model may download a tool kit developed by CERC staff, faculty and community partners at — Adrian J. De Gifis, Ph.D.

Yvonne A. Joosten, MPH, Tiffany L. Israel, MSSW, Neely A. Williams, MDiv, Leslie R. Boone, MPH, David G. Schlundt, PhD, Charles P. Mouton, MS, MS, Robert S. Dittus, MD, MPH, Gordon R. Bernard, MD, and Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI. Community Engagement Studios: A Structured Approach to Obtaining Meaningful Input From Stakeholders to Inform Research Acad Med. 2015 DEC 90:12: 1646-1650.

Link To Article

This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.