Novel Dissemination Strategies for Community-based Research
Researchers have an ethical obligation to share study findings with community members who provided data or facilitated the research process. Research by Dr. Peter Davidson and Dr. Fielding-Miller in the United States has shown that community based organizations often feel used by academic researches who ask for assistance with data collection but do not work to share research results or benefits. This frustration can sometimes limit their willingness to assist future projects. In southern Africa, many research participants - even those who have provided informed consent - may resent "helicopter" research encounters that can be uncomfortable, personal, or inconvenient, with little to no follow-up from the research team and no obvious skill or knowledge transfer to the community. A part of the larger Ramani study, this project uses interviews and focus groups with study participants, community members, and other stakeholders to establish their needs and preferences for knowledge within a community-based study of HIV prevention and treatment in Iringa, Tanzania. Findings will be used to design a set of best practice dissemination strategies for similar community-based studies in low resource, cross-cultural settings.