Community Involvement in Research Training

For Facilitators

We have developed this manual for variety of facilitators. These may include:

  • Research ethics or responsible conduct of research (RCR) educators (who may not have expertise in community-engaged research)
  • Principal investigators of community-engaged research projects (who may not have experience teaching RCR or research ethics)
  • Experienced community research partners
  • Trainers with a variety of backgrounds

The background reading materials provided in the curriculum should be sufficient for supporting the implementation of all activities and lectures. Resources that can provide more in-depth information are referenced throughout the manual.

Format and Delivery of Training

We recommend delivering CIRTification in small groups of 5-8 learners. Materials could also be used with larger groups or as the basis of a one-on-one training. We suggest that, when possible, you assess the existing knowledge, strengths, needs, and expectations of your audience (referred to as "learners" throughout the rest of this curriculum) before determining which activities to include, the appropriate length of training, and assessment methods.

The materials and activities in this manual can be implemented and altered at the discretion of the facilitator. We do recommend at minimum following the 3-hour lesson plan outlined in the manual in order to ensure fidelity to the curriculum learning objectives. Depending upon your audience, your creativity, and your time limitations, the CIRTification training could be longer.

We recommend incorporating the concepts in the CIRTification curriculum with protocol specific training and with individuals' designated roles and tasks to the extent possible. This will provide context for the material and assist community partners in proficiently applying the skills and information they learn. Some suggestions include using consent forms approved for the specific study on which learners will be working for the informed consent activities and revising case studies to reflect the population and research setting of a specific study.