In traditional research, academics typically rely on community advisory boards (CAB) that often play a limited role in the research process. This paper first compares the traditional approach of academic research in communities to a new model of “partnered research” with a graphic representation. Next, it examines the East and Central Harlem Health Outcomes (ECHHO) CAB and the key strategies this group used to sustain their model of partnered research. Interviews were conducted with 16 current and former members of the ECHHO CAB, and the findings revealed that the “board became effective when it prioritized action and relationship building across seven domains: shared priorities, diversity, participation, transparency, mutual respect and recognition, and personal connections” (James, 399). In conclusion, the authors suggest that boards should focus on building relationships with academics while adapting their model to their distinct needs and strengths of their community.

James, S., Arniella, G., Bickell, N.A., Walker, W., Robinson, V., Taylor, B. & Horowitz, C.R. (2011). Community ACTION boards: An innovative model for effective community-academic research partnerships. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 5(4), 399-404. Full Text.