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At ReCODE Health we strive to increase research literacy and capacity among researchers and community members through our learning courses, webinars, and publications.

A global resource for
Building Research Integrity and Capacity.

What is BRIC?

BRIC is an educational program created by ReCODE health designed for community members to increase understanding about the scientific research process and the importance of conducting research with integrity. BRIC has been used to train community health professionals, including Promotores de Salud (Promotores)/Community Health Workers(CHWs) about their roles and responsibilities when assisting with the design, implementation and reporting of research.

What is “Research Literacy?”

We have characterized “research literacy” under the domains of knowledge, behaviors and attitudes:

Knowledge

Familiarity with the scientific method and accepted ethical research practices sufficient to comprehend basic research concepts

Behaviors

Ability to communicate with research staff and participants about responsible research practices

Attitudes

Demonstrates an appreciation for promoting the ethical conduct of health research

Our Courses

An Interactive Guide for Promotores de Salud/Community Health Workers 

We increase research literacy and capacity among community members, including Promotores de Salud/ Community Health Workers, who assist with the design and implementation of health-related research.
Why do Promotores/CHWs need BRIC training? 
Promotores/CHWs are important members of the research team and, as such, should have access to effective and relevant training. Most research ethics education is designed for academics who have extensive training in research design and methods. We designed BRIC to build research capacity among individuals who have little formal academic research training yet, are involved with the design, implementation and reporting of community health research. If Promotores/CHWs have an understanding of how research is designed and implemented, they will be better able to carry out their responsibilities when supporting a research study.

Designing Research for Diversity

We are increasing awareness of how to engage, recruit, and work with diverse populations in research.
Why do we need academic trainees to learn ethical research practices to conduct research that includes diverse communities?
The need to include diverse communities in research studies is increasing as we aim to improve representation and equality. While community-based participatory research design is optimal for having and working with these populations, new trainees and academic researchers must learn how to plan and conduct respectful and responsible research that involves underrepresented and vulnerable people to optimize the benefits of a respectful partnership.

Why do Promotores/CHWs need BRIC training?

Promotores/CHWs are important members of the research team and, as such, should have access to effective and relevant training. Most research ethics education is designed for academics who have extensive training in research design and methods. We designed BRIC to build research capacity among individuals who have little formal academic research training yet, are involved with the design, implementation and reporting of community health research. If Promotores/CHWs have an understanding of how research is designed and implemented, they will be better able to carry out their responsibilities when supporting a research study.

FAQ

What are BRIC's Goals?

The BRIC training objective is to increase research literacy and capacity among community members, including Promotores/CHWs, who assist with the design and/or implementation of health-related research.

We Use CITI (or Other) Training, Why Should We Switch to BRIC?

Existing research ethics trainings used by the majority of academic institutions (e.g., Collaborative for Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)) are designed for academic researchers. We learned from our stakeholders that even when translated, the content of these research ethics trainings are not contextualized to community-based research and are written using terminology unfamiliar to most Promotores/CHWs. We developed BRIC to bridge this gap and prepare community members to become research savvy and skilled research facilitators.


How was BRIC Developed?

BRIC was developed by and for Promotores/CHWs. The instructional design process involved group and individual interviews with Promotores/CHWs and their supervisors. It is important to note that we have engaged key stakeholders at every step of the instructional design process to ensure we were communicating complex concepts in a manner that was culturally-grounded, relevant and accessible to our learners.

What Should Principal Investigators and Program Managers Know about BRIC?

Through our interactions with Promotores/CHWs and their supervisors, we learned that Principal Investigators (PIs) and Project Managers (PMs) may not be aware of the gap in Promotor/CHW research knowledge and skills (i.e., research literacy, applied ethics, etc.). This lack of research understanding can influence data fidelity and the scientific integrity of the research study. Since research findings influence health policy and best practices, it is important for PIs and PMs to incorporate BRIC training for Promotores/CHWs.

Can I Purchase a Physical Copy?

Yes. We offer physical copies of both the English and Spanish versions of the course as an interactive guide.

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