CBPR Curriculum
Introduction | Unit 1 | Unit 2 | Unit 3 | Unit 4 | Unit 5 | Unit 6 | Unit 7 | Appendices

Appendix F: Principles and Policies

Appendix A

Selected Organizations and Websites

Appendix B

Selected Reports

Appendix C

Selected Journal Articles and Books

Appendix D

Citations and Recommended Resources for Each Unit

Appendix E

Partnership Agreements

Appendix F

Principles and Policies

Appendix G

Syllabi and Training Materials


A number of authors have advanced principles for CBPR. Drawing on nearly two decades of experience, Barbara Israel and her colleagues in Michigan have identified nine key principles of CBPR that support successful research partnerships and are widely cited [Israel B, Schulz A, Parker E and Becker A. (1998). Review of community-based research: Assessing partnership approaches to improve public health. Annual Review of Public Health, 19, pp. 173-202]

  • Recognizes community as an unit of identity
  • Builds on strengths and resources within the community
  • Facilitates collaborative, equitable involvement of all partners in all phases of the research
  • Integrates knowledge and intervention for mutual benefit of all partners
  • Promotes a co-learning and empowering process that attends to social inequalities
  • Involves a cyclical and iterative process
  • Addresses health from both positive and ecological perspectives
  • Disseminates findings and knowledge gained to all partners
  • Involves long-term commitment by all partners.

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Examples of principles and policies developed by other CBPR partnerships and initiatives are listed below:

Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project Code of Research Ethics

Access Alliance Values and Principles Guiding Research

University of Washington's principles of community-based research

The Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network's Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research Capacity-Building Initiative Principles of Research Collaboration.

Model Tribal Research Code with materials for tribal regulation for research and checklist for Indian Health Boards, developed by the American Indian Law Center.

The Navajo Nation Human Research Code sets forth the conditions under which researchers and others may perform research activities on living human subjects within the territorial jurisdiction of the Navajo Nation.

Policy on Community-Based Participatory Research in Public Health - The American Public Health Association adopted this policy on CBPR in public health at its 2004 annual meeting.

Principles and Guidelines for Community-University Research Partnerships, CARE: Community Alliance for Research and Engagement

Research Principles - developed by Isles, Inc., a nonprofit community development and environmental organization with the mission to foster more self-reliant families in healthy, sustainable communities.

Research protocols, principles and guidelines related to indigenous communities, compiled by the University of Victoria

Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center Community Advisory Board's Procedures Manual

Standards of Conduct for Research in North Barkley and Clayoquot Sound Communities

Bylaws, Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center

West Virginia Prevention Research Centers for Public Health Research and Training Mission and Statement of Values

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic has developed policies and procedures to guide decisions about their involvement in research: A research involvement policy, a research participation procedure and an application form.

CBPR Curriculum
Introduction | Unit 1 | Unit 2 | Unit 3 | Unit 4 | Unit 5 | Unit 6 | Unit 7 | Appendices