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Am J Public Health. 2008 Aug;98(8):1407-17. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2007.113571. Epub 2008 Jun 12.

The power and the promise: working with communities to analyze data, interpret findings, and get to outcomes.

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Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, A3-150 Benedict Bldg, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA 01655, USA.


Although the intent of community-based participatory research (CBPR) is to include community voices in all phases of a research initiative, community partners appear less frequently engaged in data analysis and interpretation than in other research phases. Using 4 brief case studies, each with a different data collection methodology, we provide examples of how community members participated in data analysis, interpretation, or both, thereby strengthening community capacity and providing unique insight. The roles and skills of the community and academic partners were different from but complementary to each other. We suggest that including community partners in data analysis and interpretation, while lengthening project time, enriches insights and findings and consequently should be a focus of the next generation of CBPR initiatives.

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