A method for achieving reciprocity of funding in community-based participatory research.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: The St. Louis Komen Project was conceived to address disparities in breast cancer treatment and outcomes between African-American and White women in St. Louis, Missouri. Our goal was to apportion tasks and funding through a process to which all researcher partners had input and to which all could agree, thus eliminating institutionalized inequalities. METHODS: This paper describes the collaborative process and resulting division of responsibilities, determination of costs, and ultimate allocation of funds and resources, as well as the documentation employed to achieve funding reciprocity and equal accountability. RESULTS: Both communication and documentation are critical. Although the Memoranda of Understanding employed are not a panacea, they codify roles and expectations and promote trust. The process of developing financial transparency set the tone for subsequent steps in the research process. CONCLUSIONS: The exhaustive planning process and project-specific procedures developed by its partners have helped the project foster reciprocity, facilitate participation, and equitably distribute resources.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gehlert, S; Fayanju, OM; Jackson, S; Kenkel, S; McCullough, IC; Oliver, C; Sanford, M

Published Date

  • 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 561 - 570

PubMed ID

  • 25727989

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25727989

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1557-0541

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1353/cpr.2014.0054


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States