EVALUATING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN RESEARCH: QUANTITATIVE MEASURE DEVELOPMENT

Melody S. Goodman, Vetta L.Sanders Thompson, Cassandra Arroyo Johnson, Renee Gennarelli, Bettina F. Drake, Pravleen Bajwa, Maranda Witherspoon, Deborah Bowen

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Abstract

Although the importance of community engagement in research has been previously established, there are few evidence-based approaches for measuring the level of community engagement in research projects. A quantitative community engagement measure was developed, aligned with 11 engagement principles (EPs) previously established in the literature. The measure has 96 Likert response items; 3–5 quality items and 3–5 quantity items measure each EP. Cronbach's alpha is used to examine the internal consistency of items that measure a single EP. Every EP item group had a Cronbach's alpha >.85, which indicates strong internal consistency for all question groups across both scales (quality and quantity). This information determines the level of community engagement, which can be correlated with other research outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-32
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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    Goodman, M. S., Thompson, V. L. S., Arroyo Johnson, C., Gennarelli, R., Drake, B. F., Bajwa, P., Witherspoon, M., & Bowen, D. (2017). EVALUATING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN RESEARCH: QUANTITATIVE MEASURE DEVELOPMENT. Journal of Community Psychology, 45(1), 17-32. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.21828