Barcelona 2013
Barcelona 2013
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Abstract #242  -  Theory and Overview
  14.4: Theory and Overview (Parallel) on Monday @ 14.30-16.00 in Raval Chaired by Richard Harding,
Sheana Bull

  Presenting Author:   Mrs Emilie HENRY - Coalition PLUS, France
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Emerging issues in HIV prevention research and strategic orientations such as a stronger focus on most-at-risk populations progressively led to greater interest in community-based research (CBR) and more globally in researcher/community actor (CA) collaborations. Beyond CBR definition issues, an increasing number of researchers and CA are now looking for practical guidance to work together. The objective of the project was to develop a toolkit for collaborative research.
Method / Issue:
The project was the initiative of an international CBR consortium and was partly based on this latter's practical experience of collaboration at every step of the research process. Qualitative data was collected through interviews with various stakeholders involved in collaborations (researchers, CA, donors, and technical partners) and observations of several research projects in various countries. The toolkit was pre-tested to adapt content and form to the public. The project received financial and technical support from the French agency on HIV/AIDS research (ANRS).
Results / Comments:
The toolkit targets researchers and community actors engaged or willing to engage in collaboration. It explores the issue of collaboration in biomedical and social science research and in interventional research. The first section addresses definitions, origins, added-value as well as challenges of collaboration. The second section proposes practical guidance on building and organizing partnerships between researchers and community. The last section focuses on CBR projects' implementation and on the possible forms of collaboration at every step of the process. Inside every section, notes include similar elements such as lessons learned, practical tools, theory and a bibliography.
From theory to implementation, the toolkit should support researchers and community actors to engage in collaboration in order to inform policy programs and develop tailored field interventions. Increased support from donors and technical partners is needed to encourage the development of this kind of research.
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