Week 2: Monday, May 14 to Friday, May 18, 2018 — CBR 2 & Mindmapping

We ask you to complete two (2) or more self-directed study sessions this week. When accessing the modules, please, when prompted, do enter your email and name so the instructor knows you have completed the module.

By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • Identify the key elements to mobilize, engage and sustain community engagement in community based research
  • Adapt the lessons learned from other community engagement activities you are familiar with to the context of community based research (e.g., social justice movements, city improvement movements, etc.)
  • Identify the key elements that make community-academic partnerships and grant writing successful.

Online, self-directed study


Build a mindmap


What is a mindmap? Sometimes is a doodle you do when thinking through a problem or process. You draw the elements (e.g., issues, steps, challenges, facilitators, etc.) and draw lines that represent relationships between those elements, often in the form of a sequence.

Often, the sequence of steps in a community based research study or a participatory evaluation study include

a) describing the problem or social phenomenon your team will study,

b) striking partnerships, and forming a Community Advisory Board (CAB)

c) finding support and funding, this includes assessing the evidence and writing and submitting a proposal,

d) choosing a participatory methodology. Not all CBR projects are built the same. Want to get more ideas, search the internet for diagrams of CBR projects in the are of health research in which you are interested.

e) implementing the methodologies (activities) and gathering data

f) analyzing and interpreting data, writing reports, and

g) disseminating the results in written form, conferences, and audiovisual forms (e.g., infographics, short video like the 3MT you will be preparing at the end of this course, podcasts, etc.).

A CBR mindmap shows where you intend to go and the steps you and your team will take to get there. They say that “map is not territory” and the research linear sequence is not always realized; some phases overlap and some have to be changed on-the-go .

Keep in mind that changes to a research protocol (your plan of action) in community based research are often made with everyone’s approval. Also, an amendment submitted to the appropriate Research Ethics Board (REB) when the changes are substantive and may have major impact on the participants, the team, the process or the data collected).


  1. Create a map of your CBR project. This can be a project you envision, a project you are intending to do with your team at work or where you volunteer, a project that your team is already doing,
  2. Choose a topic related to community health research. You can choose researching HIV Stigma as your project; it is the preferred example of this course edition!
  3. Include visual elements and not only written content (cheat at lot, go online and find how others do it, copy and plagiarize until you make it your own),
  4. Take a .Jpeg photo or screen shot,
  5. Upload your .Jpeg or screenshot here http://bit.ly/mindmapMAY2018  no later than Monday, May 21, 2018,
  6. Resize your .Jpeg or screen shot to fit the slide,
  7. Write your full name and date clearly visible on the bottom right corner of the slide.

CLICK HERE to view Maps from our past students. Also see one mapping community based project here.

One other way of building a mindmap is using a free version of software, create your map and copy and past the link on the Google Presentation. Do not forget your full name and date please. I found this one https://www.mindmeister.com

You must upload your mindmap by Monday, May 21, 2018.

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