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Guiding Principles for Community-Engaged Research

These principles were developed by the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Community Advisory Board.

Approved September, 2008

  • Long-term engagement
    Research investigators work through existing partnerships in the community when such partnerships exist. The level of partnership corresponds to each projects level of community interaction and impact.
  • Mutual benefit
    Increased knowledge improves the health of the community and benefits both the community and the researchers/URMC.
  • Mutual respect
    Researchers and community members work together with humility, candor, and mutual respect for expertise and cultural differences.
  • Shared findings
    Research findings are shared with community partners and stakeholders.
  • Enhanced community capacity
    Members of the "target community" for the research project are hired and trained where possible and appropriate, to help build and enhance community assets.
  • Shared responsibility
    All partners (URMC and community partners) have obligations towards the project and the community.
  • Evidence-based
    The best available evidence guides research relationships between URMC and the community, and best efforts are made to evaluate each project.
  • Collaborative from start to finish*
    There is a collaborative and equitable engagement of all partners in all key phases of the research including:
    • Identification of target population
    • Research objectives
    • Project organization
    • Interpretation of data
  • Responsive to community priorities and perspectives *
    Community-based participatory research addresses health needs, interests, and priorities established by the community. Health is addressed from both individual and ecological perspectives (i.e., considering social, economic, cultural, and policy contexts).

* These guidelines apply specifically to community-based participatory research.