Jason Satterfield, Melissa Moore, Bill McConnell, Rachel Loewy, Janice Tsoh

Educational Aims

The Partnership Short Course is intended to introduce and develop the critical skill set required for building and sustaining partnerships between academia and the community.  During this short course, fellows will:
  1. Explore and evaluate the pros and cons of different types of partnerships to facilitate identification and selection of future partners.
  2. Engage in a process of individually and collaboratively developing a project/partnership vision including key factors such as outcomes, values, purpose, and mission statement.
  3. Collaboratively develop partnership parameters and processes including leadership structure/hierarchy, communication, decision-making, problem solving, managing group processes, and ethical guidelines.
  4. Evaluate the “health” and needs of an ongoing partnership including ways to sustain motivation, review progress, and re-affirm project vision.
  5. Thoughtfully plan for and engage in shared data analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of results.


After this short course, fellows will be able to:
  1. Define issues of partnerships – types of partnerships, pros and cons of partnerships as they appear across the CBR continuum, relationship of own values/priorites/goals to partnership type
  2. Illustrate a process of identifying and approaching initial partners.
  3. Discuss the early stages of partnership formation.  Check fellow’s progress with initial partners and create list of further issues to explore.
  4. Introduce team building skills and group dynamics including facilitation skills to manage process issues that may emerge.  
  5. Demonstrate the skills of monitoring/assessing partnerships mid-stream and addressing and resolving common challenges.
  6. Provide an example of shared analysis and interpretation of data in a partnership including how that might require revisiting the vision and mutual priorities.
  7. Discuss dissemination of data findings and effects of system change from both an academic and community perspective.

Generalizable Principles

  • “Partnership science” includes a discrete, teachable (and complex) set of skills necessary for identifying, forming, and sustaining CBPR partnerships in urban, rural, and other settings.
  • Careful planning and consideration of partnership parameters BEFORE project launch is essential to project completion and success and provides necessary tools to address inevitable project challenges. 
  • Leadership, managerial, and interpersonal skills are critical, teachable tools for CBPR but are rarely included in research training programs.


Assessment Data and Learner Feedback

  • Student reaction and satisfaction was assessed using Likert scales to indicate how well each objective was achieved.  Participants also rated overall organization, teaching materials, and quality of faculty facilitation.
  • Group discussion of class exercises provided important formative feedback on vision and mission statement ideas.  Discussion in the following classes will review participant analyses of pros/cons of different partnerships they are considering. 

Teaching Tips/FAQ

Background: It is assumed that learners have had some introduction to CBPR before this short course.  As part of that introduction, learners should have heard about several CBPR partnership examples that represent the continuum of CBR.  These concrete cases provide compelling and memorable examples of different types of partnerships.  It is also helpful to elicit examples of partnerships (in any stage) from the participants and/or faculty. 

Contact Information

Jason Satterfield,
Melissa Moore,,
Bill McConnell,
Rachel Loewy,
Janice Tsoh,