Partner development praxis: The use of transformative communication spaces in a community-academic participatory action research effort in a Mexican ethnic enclave in Chicago

Jennifer Hebert-Beirne, Jennifer K. Felner, Joan Kennelly, Kamal Eldeirawi, Anna Mayer, Simone Alexander, Yvette D. Castañeda, Dolores Castañeda, Victoria W. Persky, Noel Chávez, Dina Birman

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Abstract

Trusting, productive relationships between traditionally discordant stakeholders—community members and researchers—are critical for successful Community-Based Participatory Research. Practical guidance on processes allowing for partner trust-building and collaborative leadership development in Community-Based Participatory Research literature lacks specificity. In this paper, we introduce our praxis of Transformative Communication Spaces to facilitate purposeful, iterative discourse that occurs in, and fuels each research phase. We elaborate on the use of Transformative Communication Spaces through Pláticas de Salud, Oral History Listening Events, and Data Analysis Think Tanks within the framework of our Little Village Participatory Community Health Assessment. We believe the integrity and potential of Community-Based Participatory Research is contingent on the use of Transformative Communication Spaces strategies to foster trusting partnerships necessary for shared learning and co-leadership.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)414-436
Number of pages23
JournalAction Research
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Community-based participatory research
  • partnership development
  • researcher positionality
  • transformative research paradigms
  • workforce development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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    Hebert-Beirne, J., Felner, J. K., Kennelly, J., Eldeirawi, K., Mayer, A., Alexander, S., Castañeda, Y. D., Castañeda, D., Persky, V. W., Chávez, N., & Birman, D. (2018). Partner development praxis: The use of transformative communication spaces in a community-academic participatory action research effort in a Mexican ethnic enclave in Chicago. Action Research, 16(4), 414-436. https://doi.org/10.1177/1476750317695413