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Epidemiology International Journal






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This study used secondary qualitative data analysis to determine the extent to which selected constructs of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) promoted and supported the development of partnership trust among organizational and community stakeholders of a community-based health organization (CBHO). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) identifies partnership trust as an integral factor that contributes to the optimal performance of public health research networks in their attempts to develop relationships with the communities and partners with whom they work. The present study was preceded by two studies which were informed by a modified version of Dietz and Den Hartog’s Multidimensional Measure of Trust Model (MMTM). The first study explored perceptions of partnership trust among the organization’s stakeholders and informed the development of a bilingual survey instrument (English and Spanish) to measure partnership trust as an outcome of CBPR (CBPR-PTS). The second study evaluated meaning and translation factors and issues related to the CBPRPTS, using cross-cultural cognitive interviewing (CCCI). In the present study we used directed content analysis to evaluate the face validity of the constructs of the “situational, organizational, and institutional constraints” dimension of the MMTM, by analyzing the extent to which the CCCI qualitative data reflected the intended meaning and explanations related to partnership trust development. In addition, we analyzed the extent to which the identified CBPR-related constructs contributed to the development of a trustor-trustee relationship. Findings from this study show that stakeholders’ perception of the CBHO’s trustworthiness may have been influenced by selected CBPR processes and methods including, (a) facilitating the building of communities’ research capacities through collaborative research efforts; (b) sustainability efforts such as empowering community leaders; and (c) facilitating effective communication practices like listening to, learning from, and promoting the participation of the trustors. In addition, that the CBPR-related constructs integrated in the “situational, organizational, and institutional constraints” dimension hold acceptable levels of face validity and are appropriate for use in exploring the role of CBPR in promoting partnership trust. Knowledge gained from our CBPR-PTS development research process has the potential to advance the development of tools to evaluate relevant outcomes of CBPR among underrepresented populations.