Week 2: Monday, February 4 to Friday, February 8, 2019 — CBR 2 & Mindmapping


This week, we ask you to complete at least two (2)  self-directed study sessions and two assignments.
Note: When accessing the eModules, please, when prompted, 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


Assignments 1 and 2 are due on Monday, February 11, 2019. You can continue to refine them later as much as you want, and based on the feedback provided by your co-learners and your instructor.

Building your Mindmap & your One-Pager

The One-Pager

This is the written version of the visual Mindmap. Both pieces should be about the same project, you did, you are doing, or you intend to do. In some cases the research project you are engaged with is not very community grounded. The assignment will help you introduce individual/collective community (lay persons) elements, roles and activities and make the study more community-based.

To write you One-Pager, take  a look at these examples. You can follow their headings or use others. Place only the references in the second sheet. Write the references using one citation system consistently.

Mindmap Background:

What is a mindmap? Sometimes is a doodle you do when thinking through a problem or process. 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 VISUAL representation of

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

b) the partnerships and Community Advisory Board (CAB)

c) the 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).

Instructions for the Mindmap

  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.
  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, February 11, 2019.

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