Tools for Community-Based Research 2018 — The 2018 HIV Stigma Edition!

Welcome to the Tools for Community-Based Research

The 2018 HIV Stigma Edition!


Thanks for your interest in this course! All the course contents are immediately opened for you. We recommend that you sit and go through all the content on this page to get a rough idea of what comes ahead. Learning online requires scheduling, solo time, online participating with others and commitment. Online learning can be fun and rewarding but it is as demanding as in-person classroom learning.

Course Description

This course will guide you through key facets of community-based research (CBR) using self-directed education e-modules. Our goal is to get you ready to participate in and contribute to community based research teams. We use HIV stigma research as the preferred example but the contents can be applied to all kinds of health research!

Learning Objectives

  • To help you become aware of basic terms used in CBR
  • To apply CBR concepts to research contexts familiar to you
  • To increase your readiness to participate in CBR
  • To apply your new knowledge and skills


We ask you for three different versions of one and same CBR project that you imagine, you are doing or you intend to do. We believe that these three “products” will help you understand and represent your collaborative project to your team, coworkers and co-learners.

  1. One page description of the community-based research project; this can be an intervention or evaluation project.
  2. One 3 minutes video of you presenting your project
  3. One page mindmap of the project

Course Dates

Click on the links below to access detailed info about homework, assignments and self-directed studying:

  • Week 1 – Monday, May 7 to Friday, May 11, 2018 – CBR & HIV Stigma 101
  • Week 2 – Monday, May 14 to Friday, May 18, 2018 – CBR 102
  • Week 3 – Monday, May 21 to Friday, May 25, 2018 – Choosing Methods
  • Week 4 – Monday, May 28 to Friday, June 1, 2018 – Ethics in CBR
  • Week 5 – Monday, June 4 to Friday, June 8, 2018 – Qualitative Analysis
  • Week 6 – Monday, June 11 to Friday, June 15, 2018 – Peer Researchers
  • Week 7 – Monday, June 18 to Friday, June 22, 2018 – Dissemination

Synchronous Sessions

Remember to mark these dates in your calendar, they are the times for our live online sessions through Zoom. We will be sending out a link prior to our meetings.

  1. Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM EST
  2. Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM EST
  3. Monday, June 11, 2018 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM EST
  4. Thursday, June 21, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM EST


Final evaluation in this course is on a “recommended/not recommended” basis, but assessments are built-in throughout all the assignments to provide timely feedback. To be recommended for the certificate, candidates must complete all assignments and participate in all forum discussions. To successfully complete this certificate program, students are expected to:

  • Complete all online modules and assignments and attend and participate in all sessions.
    • Please note: our Learning Management System (LMS) allows us to track how many of the modules you completed, and the answers you provide to quiz questions.
  • Should something arise which makes it impossible for a student to attend an online session, the student must contact the instructors in advance.
  • Contribute thoughtfully to the discussions, and complete tasks to the best of their ability
  • Reflect on the course material between online sessions

Instructor’s Background and Contact Info.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact your instructor(s) directly. We will endeavor to respond to your message within 24 hours.

Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco