Community Capacity Building: An Aboriginal Case Study
The Public Health Agency of Canada developed a tool intended to measure the capacity building that occurs in collaborative and community-based research. The tool serves to measure and, in turn, provide evidence of the impact of CBPR research outside statistically significant changes in health or health behaviors. The objective of this particular presentation is to share what the research team learned about capacity building in CBPR and about measuring capacity building using the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Community Capacity Building Tool (CCBT). The CCBT was used to facilitate and record focus group discussions with various members of the research team. In October of 2006, reflective data for 2005 and current data for 2006 were collected. The final data was collected in summer of 2007. The Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation is located approximately one hour northwest of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. They have health and education services that are delivered to the community under the direction of the Chief and Council. Researchers from the University of Alberta were invited by the Alexis community to participate in a collaborative effort to establish a drug and alcohol prevention program as part of their school curriculum. We will present the results of the community capacity results for 2005 through 2007. Challenges in the implementation of the CCBT tool will also be presented. The Community Capacity Building Tool did serve to document the capacity building that was taking place through the project and the information will be useful in documenting the short-term benefits of CBPR and identifying areas for improvement.
Keywords: Aboriginal, Capacity Building, Evaluation