Community-based research around HIV/AIDS is thriving in British Columbia (BC). To learn more about CBR in this region, read about BC’s regional research priorities and visit the Pacific AIDS Network’s website, which includes highlights from current initiatives and studies underway in the region. PAN’s online CBR Toolkit is also a great resource, providing information and links to helpful resources on peer involvement in research, knowledge translation, ethics, funding and more. Keep in touch with the CBR program at the Pacific AIDS Network by reading the CBR Musings blog and following us on Twitter @PANinBC.


The PAN Community-Based Research Team has been leading and supporting a number of on-going initiatives in BC, including:

  • Positive Living, Positive Homes (PLPH): PLPH is a community-based research study led by a diverse team of nearly 30 people and organizations that is using a case-study approach to study how people living with HIV/AIDS experience housing and health in British Columbia. PLPH examines how housing and HIV programs, services and policies influence access to housing. The data collection component of the project is mostly complete, and the team is engaging in participatory data analysis with groups across the province. The next phase of the project is mobilizing the research findings into actionable policy recommendations to improve housing for people living with HIV in BC.
  • The Canadian People Living with HIV Stigma Index in BC: A team of people living with HIV, leaders from community-based organizations, and academics implemented this international stigma tool in British Columbia, thanks to funding from the Vancouver Foundation and the CIHR Centre for REACH. The team completed 183 interviews and data analysis is ongoing. The findings of this project will map the experiences of stigma among people living with HIV and create action plans to begin to address stigma in the province. The BC project is linked to the national project hosted by the CIHR Centre for REACH.
  • Making It Work: The Making It Work project developed from a need identified by the HIV and HCV communities to more fully understand how service providers adapt and build on case management and community development service delivery models to “make them work” for members or clients. The study team is especially interested in learning how service providers adapt models to ensure that they are culturally safe, particularly for Indigenous service users. This project is ramping up and intends to build a realist evaluation framework and program theory through team discussions, literature reviews and a case study approach to data collection.
  • Positive Leadership Development Institute (PLDI) Impact Evaluation: The PLDI, a three-module leadership training program by and for people living with HIV, has delivered 20 trainings to 160+ participants in BC. To better understand PLDI’s influence on the landscape of peer leadership in BC, PAN established a steering committee to guide the hiring and training of four Peer Evaluators. A Peer Evaluator Training Manual was developed to support training and is available for other teams doing similar work. The Peer Evaluators conducted an impact evaluation of the PLDI program that included designing and collecting data using an online survey, qualitative interviews, and focus groups. The team also analysed historical evaluation data from previous training sessions. Participatory data analysis was used to draft a final report, and plans for mobilizing the findings of this evaluation are in progress.
  • Program Science and Evaluation Capacity Building: PAN provides a comprehensive REACH 2.0 program in BC. As part of this work we have supported and continue to lead a number of program science projects, including a Population Size Estimates project led by the BCCDC, a number of program science and evaluation capacity building events for our membership and stakeholders across the province, and one-on-one evaluation support for community-based organizations and other key stakeholders.

PAST INITATIVES AND RESOURCES                                                                     

  • Rethinking ASOs? Responding to the End of AIDS Exceptionalism through East-West Collaboration: A bi-coastal team, made up of representatives from British Columbia and the Atlantic partnerships, led a process to look at the potential impacts of moves towards more integrated approaches of service delivery. The team conducted a literature review and policy mapping, recorded three video modules, and organized full-day of deliberative dialogues on this topic in Halifax and Vancouver. The final report for the project can be found here.
  • Food Security Study: The food security study was a national community based research study examining the impact of food security on the health of people living with HIV. Findings and resources from this study can be found here, and a policy briefing note was distributed to key stakeholders and policymakers.


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