Collaborative partnerships between community based organizations (CBOs) and university-based researchers can successfully conduct useful HIV prevention research. Collaboratively conducted research contributes to good programs and good science.
The Legacy Project is an evaluation of 18 such partnerships. The evaluation found 6 essential elements for successful collaborative community-based research:
- Thoughtful selection of interventions for evaluation
- Secondary or alternative research questions incorporated into the research project from the beginning
- Flexibility to modify or change primary research question mid-study
- Appropriate, stable CBO staffing
- High level of university-researcher involvement with both intervention and evaluation
- Adequate funding for intervention, evaluation and participant time