2017 in Review: Community-Based Research

Find all of the 2017 Year in Review (Annual Report) pages on the foundation  page, Executive Summary: Collaborating With Strength


This year, PAN’s continued commitment and support for community-based research (CBR) was highlighted through its engagement of communities across and beyond BC in sharing research findings, expanding CBR capacities and resources, leading and facilitating discussions around best practices, and strengthening partnerships.

This year, PAN’s community-based research (CBR) study Positive Living, Positive Homes (PLPH) moved into the last stage of analysis and into knowledge translation. The study team of PLPH gathered data at three sites and interviewed 99 HIV-positive participants and 43 service providers and policy makers. The PLPH study team has been using innovative methods to analyze results and share findings, including data parties, webinars, community meetings, data placemats, blog posts, a presentation and poster at the 2018 Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) conference, a presentation at the North American Housing and HIV Research Summit and an upcoming Online HIV Housing Toolkit.

PAN’s CBR study BC People Living with HIV Stigma Index (BC Stigma Index) has also moved into data analysis and knowledge translation phases. Methods used to share findings for the BC Stigma Index have included a presentation at the 2017 PAN Fall conference; community meetings in the Lower Mainland, on Vancouver Island, and in the Interior; two posters at the 2018 CAHR conference (Confronting Stigma and Discrimination and From Darkness to Light); and a webinar. The study team also held a data party to support participatory analysis, knowledge translation, and action planning for the next phases of work in this study.

Additionally, PAN’s Making It Work (MIW) CBR study, co-led by the AHA Centre at the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) continued its CIHR Catalyst Grant work this past year. This included ethics approval for pilot interviews (taking place in the fall of 2018) as well as continuing to build partnerships in three case study sites: Prince George, Victoria, and Cranbrook. PAN is excited that the study was funded a 3-year CIHR Operating Grant this fiscal year. MIW is looking at whether people living with HIV, HCV, and associated health and social conditions experience better outcomes when case management and community development services are linked, and when they access organizations that use service delivery models based on an Indigenous worldview of health and wellbeing. The MIW study will continue over the next 3 years.

Partnerships continued to be a focus for CBR at PAN this year. PAN’s Director of Evaluation and Community-Based Research, Janice Duddy helped planning and leading a table-discussion at the Gay Men’s Health Summit, led by Travis Salway and Blake Hawkins, as well as supporting the Participatory Research Outcomes Project, led by Zack Marshall, which works to study and understand the outcomes of community-based and participatory approaches to research. PAN is also pleased to continue to host and facilitate the CBR Quarterly meetings (a community of practice for HIV CBR projects across BC). PAN has energized the development of this community of practice, and shared the model at an ancillary event at the 2018 CAHR conference.

Thank you to the peers who give to this work as leaders, researchers, participants, and knowledge translators. To all the members, participants and supporters of our research teams, thanks for a productive year. We are grateful for the funding and support from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), REACH 2.0, the CIHR CBR Collaborative Centre (A Program of REACH), the AHA Centre, and the Vancouver Foundation that has made this work possible.


Janice Duddy,
Director of Evaluation and Community-Based Research



Read More:

2017 Executive Summary: Collaborating with Strength
2017 in Review: Training and Leadership
2017 in Review: Positive Leadership Development Institute
2017 in Review: Evaluation
2017 in Review: Collective Impact Network
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