How do you engage members of the DFW community in the development of study materials? How do you prepare and validate documents in Spanish? How do you engage a study-specific stakeholder board in your study planning?
As you begin working to finalize your project and move toward implementation, it is important to engage the community in the development and finalization of various aspects of your project – such as outcome measures, interventions, recruitment materials, and consent forms.
Community engagement in research significantly helps reduce disease causality in underserved communities by integrating, supporting, and expanding existing and developing new collaborative relationships between researchers and communities.
Engaging Members of the DFW Community in Development of Study Materials
There are a variety of ways in which the Office of Community Health and Research Engagement (OCHRE) can assist investigators with best practices for incorporating community engagement into various aspects of the research process. This can include the following activities:
- Community Advisory Panel (CAP) access: The CAP includes diverse community stakeholders, patients, and caregivers willing to review and advise on nascent ideas and research questions to facilitate project design and conduct from inception to evaluation.
- Spanish Language Validation Resource (SLVR): This service enables investigators to design Spanish-language outreach and research materials that are culturally and conceptually equivalent to English translations and appropriate for the needs of low-health literacy individuals.
- Consultation and technical assistance: This assistance is available to all investigators seeking to design and plan research through engagement with community partnerships. Contact OCHRE via OCHRE@utsouthwestern.edu to learn more.
Ready to discuss community partnerships or community-based recruitment tools?
OCHRE@utsouthwestern.edu OCHRE to schedule a consultation.
SLVR@UTSouthwestern.edu for more information about how to access services provided by the Spanish Language Validation Resource.