Outcomes of a community-based participatory research partnership self-evaluation: The rochester healthy community partnership experience

Marcelo M. Hanza, Abigail L. Reese, Adeline Abbenyi, Christine Formea, Jane W. Njeru, Julie A. Nigon, Sonja J. Meiers, Jennifer A. Weis, Andrew L. Sussman, Blake Boursaw, Nina B. Wallerstein, Mark L. Wieland, Irene G. Sia

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Background: Community-based participatory research (CBPR) can effectively address health disparities among groups that are historically difficult to reach, disadvantaged, of a minority status, or are otherwise underrepresented in research. Recent research has focused on the science of CBPR partnership constructs and on developing and testing tools for self-evaluation. Because CBPR requires substantial investment in human and material resources, specific factors that support successful and sustainable research partnerships must be identified. We sought to describe the evolution, implementation, and results of a self-evaluation of a CBPR partnership. Methods: Academic and community members of the Rochester Healthy Community Partnership (RHCP) and researchers from the University of New Mexico−Center for Participatory Research collaborated to evaluate RHCP with qualitative and quantitative research methods and group analysis. Results: The self-evaluation was used to provide an overall picture of the “health” of the partnership, in terms of sustainability and ability to effectively collaborate around community priorities. RHCP members revisited the partnership’s mission and values; identified associations between partnership practices, dynamics, and outcomes; and elicited insight from community and academic partners to help guide decisions about future directions and the sustainability of the partnership. Positive partnership dynamics were associated with perceived improvements in health and equity outcomes. Conclusions: Although engaging in a comprehensive selfevaluation requires substantial investment from stakeholders, such assessments have significant value because they enable partners to reflect on the mission and values of the partnership, explore the history and context for its existence, identify factors that have contributed to outcomes, and plan strategically for the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-175
Number of pages15
JournalProgress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021


  • Community-based participatory research
  • Immigrant health
  • Program evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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