Innovative Measurement Tools for Community Engaged Research Efforts

Submission Date: August 7, 2013

Innovative Measurement Tools for Community Engaged Research Efforts
Application Deadline: September 7, 2016
Award Ceiling: TBD

This Funding Opportunity Announcement seeks to develop innovative measurement for community engaged research efforts. The uses of community engaged research (CEnR) methodologies, such as community-based participatory, community-based, and practice-based research are regarded as valid approaches to prevent disease and promote health. A collaborative effort between community partners and researchers to engage in research that benefits community is a central tenet to CEnR. Even though the use of these methodologies are commonly used, gaps remain in how these processes work or how the success of these programs can be measured, such as public trust, collaboration, capacity and empowerment. The knowledge gained by measuring trust, collaboration, and empowerment will inform future efforts when working within a community. A challenge to understanding the impact of engagement efforts and participation in health research, whether it is health promotion, intervention research, comparative effectiveness or, a clinical trial, is the paucity of measurement tools that are tested and validated. There is a need to develop valid and reliable tools that measure effective engagement when working with communities.

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