What do Alberta stakeholders view as the most important characteristics of community-based research?

On March 6, 2019, 23 community stakeholders gathered in Calgary to discuss community-based research (CBR) priorities and capacity-building needs in the province. Attendees included independent community leaders living with HIV, representatives from community-based organizations, researchers from Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary, and an Alberta Health Services employee.

To kick-off the meeting, attendees brainstormed what they viewed as the three most important characteristics of CBR. Attendees wrote down their ideas on sticky-notes and posted them on a flip chart, grouping their responses with similar ideas suggested by others. The image above is a word cloud generated from these groupings, where larger words indicate greater frequency than smaller words. Many stakeholders highlighted the importance of:

  • Engagement
  • Collaboration
  • Relationships
  • Equity
  • Addressing gaps in knowledge

These characteristics are consistent with the CBR Collaborative Centre’s ‘Principles of CBR’, which guide the initiatives undertaken by the centre and its regional teams. Hearing these principles echoed by Alberta stakeholders in the brainstorming activity served as a reminder to reflect on how we are supporting these ideas in our day-to-day work and in the Centre’s initiatives moving forward.

The March 6 consultation provided an opportunity to discuss many topics related to CBR in Alberta. Keep your eyes (and inboxes!) open for a full report on the consultation.

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