NARCH V Project Aims 

In this Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH Funding Cycle V) project, NCAI partnered with university-based researchers to understand how community-based participatory research (CBPR) is being used in tribal and other communities facing health disparities. Specifically, this project seeks to understand the range of ways that communities are engaged as partners in their own health research and intervention projects. By also including other communities of color and communities that face health disparities in the study design, this work has the possibility of extending beneficial findings within the AI/AN communities to a broader audience.

Using quantitative and qualitative methods, we partnered over the course of four years with community and academic health research and intervention partnerships across the country to better understand the factors that contribute to and detract from meaningful and effective community-academic partnerships. AI/AN tribal communities have taken a strong lead in this area of work because they face some of the most significant health disparities in the nation and have similarly suffered some of the greatest documented research abuses.

The study is being conducted by the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center, the University of New Mexico Center for Participatory Research, and the University of Washington Indigenous Wellness Research Institute. It is funded by the Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) through the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The "Research for Improved Health project 2009-2013" was made possible by Supplement to U26IHS300293/02, Native American Research Centers for Health from the Indian Health Service (IHS) with the support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the IHS or NIH. Click here for the NARCH V project website. 

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Project Instruments

CBPR Model

Quantitative Research Tools

Qualitative Research Instruments

Project Protocols


Hicks, et al. (2012). "Evaluating Community-Based Participatory Research to Improve Community-Partnered Science and Community Health." Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action 6 (3), pp. 289-299. 

Sandoval, et al. (2012). "Process and outcome constructs for evaluating community-based participatory research projects: a matrix of existing measures." Health Education Research 27 (4), pp. 680-690.