UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center Principles of Partnership

The work of the UMass Worcester PRC is guided by the following Principles of Partnership:

1. Community Impact

  • Establish shared values, vision and mission.
  • Balance community and research needs/action for the mutual benefit of all partners.
  • Have measurable objectives and outcomes.

2. Trust and Respect

  • Engage in open communication and be willing to listen to others.
  • Value differences of partnership members.
  • Perform all activities with cultural sensitivity and humility.
  • Strive to understand each other’s needs and self-interests and develop a common language.

3. Commitment and Responsibility

  • Maintain ongoing participation in the partnership’s meetings and activities.
  • Have clear understanding of expertise, strengths and roles.
  • Adhere to timely completion of designated tasks.
  • Develop processes to ensure that priority areas are revisited on an ongoing basis.

4. Equitable Decision-Making

  • Establish operating principles.
  • Develop processes for establishing priorities.
  • Establish processes for conflict resolution.

5. Information and Data Gathering and Sharing

  • Include community-relevant objectives and associated evaluation plans.
  • Disseminate work in progress and work accomplished to multiple community stakeholders in meaningful language and forums.
  • Inform all partners of findings and accomplishments in relevant projects and initiatives.

6. Co-Learning and Capacity Building

  • Build upon identified strengths and assets.
  • Provide learning opportunities for partners in identified priority areas.
  • Develop opportunities for community members to participate and develop marketable knowledge and skills.

7. Shared Recognition

  • Share public/community recognition of partnership’s accomplishments.
  • Create opportunities for shared authorship in reports and presentations for scientific and community audiences.

8. Partnership as an Evolving Process

  • Adhere to processes for identifying and inviting new partners.
  • Recognize that people’s priorities and time availability change over time.
  • Include feedback and evaluation processes from all partnership stakeholders.

9. Equitable Partnerships in All Phases of Research

Establish clear agreements regarding roles and responsibilities between participating organizations and individuals for all phases of specific research projects including:

  • Establish a guiding structure for determining the project focus and overseeing the overall scope and conduct of the project.
  • Determine roles and responsibilities for day to day oversight and conduct of the project.
  • Establish ongoing communication methods and frequency of communication between partners.
  • Agree on how budgets will be developed and funding will be shared.
  • Establish roles in designing the overall research protocol and deciding how the research questions will be answered.
  • Establish roles in designing interventions.
  • Determine how the ethical basis of the research will be assessed and assured, including determination of which Human Subjects Review Board(s)/Institutional Review Board (IRB) will review and oversee the project, and development of Informed Consent forms and procedures.
  • Determine roles, responsibilities and compensation for specific research project implementation tasks, including: recruitment of participants, collecting and transferring data, managing data, analyzing data, and implementing interventions.
  • Develop processes for proposing and approving changes to the research protocol.
  • Reach agreement on data ownership and control.
  • Establish responsibilities for dissemination and communication about the project to the community, funders and other stakeholders.
  • Develop processes for scientific and community presentations and publications, including determination/approval of research questions, lead authorship, co-authorship and target audiences and settings (conferences/journals/community forums, political stakeholders, etc).
  • Determine roles in using results to support new policy, program and research projects .

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