Solid Gold Neighbor Research Fellows FAQs

Solid Gold Neighbor Research Fellows FAQs

1. What is Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and why does it matter?
2. What are examples of CBPR?
3. What makes this program a Fellowship rather than a funded research project?
4. If my proposal is selected, how may I use the funds for my research?
5. What are the time commitments for each party?
6. How will this effort enhance my research skills and publication portfolio?
7. What support will I receive throughout this fellowship beyond grant funding?
8. What specific deliverables will result from my fellowship?
9. How does this fellowship align with Baylor University's Tier 1 research vision?
10. How do you define success for the researcher? The community partners? The funders? The Community at large?
11. How will the research ensure a lens of equity for participants and partners?
12. What benefits and capacities will community partners receive by participating in this process?




1. What is Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and why does it matter?
Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is a partnership approach to research that equitably involves members of the community population being served, organizational members, researchers and other constituents in a shared development, measurement, and outcome project. The purpose of CBPR is to increase knowledge and understanding a research question or issue, driven by the community, to advance said research agenda towards social and economic change.

2. What are examples of CBPR?
We have created a list of examples from national models and within the Baylor and Waco community. View the examples here.

3. What makes this program a Fellowship rather than a funded research project?
This fellowship is unique in three distinct contexts. First, it is a cohort model that matches graduate researchers with community organizations for up to one year. Second, the program has a summer two-day intensive learning and preparation phase. Finally, the research report and presentation will be presented to a myriad of community and campus partners.

4. If my proposal is selected, how may I use the funds for my research?
Selected proposals may use the stipend funds for any purpose that advances the proposal including, but not limited to travel, training, data, incentives, or personal overhead.

5. What are the time commitments for each party?
Both the researcher and community partner will be asked to commit to the length of the proposed research partnership, which is summer and fall for master's students and summer, fall, and spring for doctoral students. In each season, time commitments will vary, but a two-day intensive is required in the summer followed by regular interaction to develop and complete the research throughout the fall and spring ending with a presentation in late spring.

6. How will this effort enhance my research skills and publication portfolio?
Students will develop research skills in the method of community based participatory research while advancing their portfolio of publication quality research and funded research projects.

7. What support will I receive throughout this fellowship beyond grant funding?
Students will receive training on community based participatory research, support from their faculty advisory, access to peers from across campus with similar interests, connectivity into one or more community organization, periodic networking within the greater Waco community, and the opportunity to present their research.

8. What specific deliverables will result from my fellowship?
Each student will be required to co-develop a research design proposal during the summer in partnership with their community partner for final approval prior to beginning research. Once the research been completed, a publication quality article will be submitted to the partner organization and the advisory committee. At the end of the academic year a research presentation will be hosted on campus for community partners, researchers, faculty, and others to attend.

9. How does this fellowship align with Baylor University's Tier 1 research vision?
Baylor University's Academic Strategic Plan, Illuminate, aims to develop and strength graduate students as researchers who can contribute to their fields and change the world. The skills and experience developed in this fellowship enhance a student's portfolio and CV as they embark upon their post-graduate journey.

10. How do you define success for the researcher? The community partners? The funders? The Community at large?
A successful research program will contain one or more of many outcomes that benefit all parties. For the researcher, the skills and knowledge of community based participatory research, a deeper understanding of their community, and a research portfolio will be successful outcomes. For community partners, the knowledge advanced in the research will provide an opportunity for a stronger organization, better outcomes for their constituents, and more funding opportunities to advance their mission. Funders will receive access to the researchers and organizations as potential future partnerships or projects arise as well as the benefit of advancing a community need. The greater Waco community will benefit from seeing Baylor University students, faculty, and staff as providing meaningful research in collaboration with their organizations and needs.

11. How will the research ensure a lens of equity for participants and partners?
Equity is at the heart of community based participatory research as well as the Solid Gold Neighbor initiative which calls out Cultural Wealth while envisioning the advancing and social and economic issues through the lens of equity. Each project and partnership will be asked to communicate and showcase equitable practices and strategies for the research question.

12. What benefits and capacities will community partners receive by participating in this process?
Community partners who participate as research collaborators will receive training on and access to community based participatory research methods, data, and examples to enhance their ability to take on future projects. In addition, they will receive a small financial stipend, connectivity into Baylor for other strategic and capacity-building initiatives, and promotional support. Most importantly, they will be able to codevelop a process used to assess and show the impact of their work to improve social outcomes within the Waco community.

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