Week 6: Monday, June 11 to Friday, June 15, 2018 — Peer Researchers

We are nearing the end of this fast and furious course. This week you will learn about a central engine of CBR, the Peer Researchers, and about the dissemination process we call KTE

We have an online live session too!

Online, self-directed study 1: The Importance of Peer Researchers in Health Research

In this week, we hope to impress upon you that Peer researchers are a cornerstone of successful community based research (CBR).

In the HIV movement, The Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA) is a guiding principle for community-based research, as it increases the commitment to ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS (or PHAs) are involved in, and have some control over, program development, policy making and especially research.

In the context of this calls, we call “peer researchers” PRAs for short.

 

Online, self-directed study 2: The Importance of telling the world about your research ideas, process and results (KTE)

In this week, we can also open your eyes to the amazing possibilities of changing situations, policies or lives by communicating to others what you have gathered and validated through your research process.

You can read about the KTE definition here, how to do it here and on arts-based KTE here or let yourself loose on a search engine and look for KTE and CBR combinations!

Instructions:

  1. Complete online, self-directed study (2 hours) on Working as Peer Researchers & Working with Peer Researchers
  2. Review the mindmap you drew a few weeks ago and the feedback you have received. Where do “peer researchers” fit into this map?
  3. Redraw the mindmap to be more visual and to include elements you ahve been picking up in this course. The mindmap will be your research promotional poster.
  4. Write ONE PAGE telling the world the most important parts of your research. You can do this in any way you want OR follow this simple template which is based on the traditional “Abstract” that you submit to conferences, to their review committees, to be invited to present a poster or an oral presentation.
  5. Read more on how to build a CBR proposal  (optional)
  6. Read about Knowledge Transfer and Exchange (KTE) here https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2873302/ and a simpler guide here
  7. Post your draft ONE PAGE here. You can refine it later. The ONE PAGE, the mindmap and the 3MT video are the three final assignments to complete the course.
  8. Write in plain language, avoid acronyms and think of your potential reader as a stranger who knows nothing about your project or even your world.
  9. Plan and shoot your final 3MT video
    • You can video record yourself telling us
      • Why you’re interested in a particular research topic/question,
      • How you will address this question using a community-based research method,
      • What impact will your proposed research have on community?

 

OR

  • You can record an interview–a conversation– with a “peer researcher” (PRA) or an academic researcher who gives you feedback on your project (e.g., after showing them your one-pager and your  mindmap).
  • If you choose to interview a “peer researcher” or one of your research team mates, always remind your interviewee that their confidentiality is important but this interview is not research but part of your class assignment, an informal talk. In any case, always, first, protect your interviewee’s interests.
  • Ask 2 to 3 good questions and make the interview NO LONGER than 3 minutes, please. I strongly suggest to show your peer researcher interviewee the mindmap you have created earlier in the course and ask them whether they think the PRA participation is enough and at what stages. This is a good way to connect what you have been preparing with the opinion of someone who has been or will be a Peer Researcher or a research teammate.

3rd Online Live Synchronous Class: Monday, June 11, 2018 from 3 to 5 pm EST

 

Register in advance for this class:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/526fc322e4a04f86cde7dc3c8da9331e

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class.

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