Cultural Competency in Research
Cultural Competency in research is the ability of researchers and research staff to provide high quality research that takes into account the culture and diversity of a population when developing research ideas, creating the theoretical and conceptual framework, designing the study, conducting research, interpreting and exploring the applicability of the research findings, and disseminating the results. Cultural Competence in Research plays a critical role in study design and implementation processes, including the development of research questions and hypotheses, outreach and recruitment strategies, consent activities, data collection protocols, analyzing and interpreting research findings, drawing conclusions and presenting the results. Cultural competency across all these research processes helps to ensure the research is applicable to diverse populations and if necessary can be adapted to meet the target population's social, cultural, and linguistic needs.
Community-Based Participatory Research
CBPR begins with a research topic of importance to a specific community, with the aim of combining knowledge and action for social change to improve or benefit the community. Community engagement is a core element of CBPR research. It requires academic members to become part of the community and community members to become part of the research team, thereby creating a unique working and learning environment. An understanding of Cultural Competence in Research is required for successful and culturally safe CBPR and community engagement, as well as for effective research design, implementation, and recruitment of research participants for all research methods.
Community Engaged Learning/Research - IRB review of CEL research projects