Celebrate Victory

Published In: Ethnicity & Disease, v. 19, no. 4, suppl. 6, Chapter 7, Autumn 2009, p. S6-59-S6-71

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2009

by Loretta Jones, Kenneth B. Wells, Barbara Meade

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The promise of a community-partnered participatory research (CPPR) initiative to build capacity and reinforce assets is realized through a fully implemented Victory stage. This article reviews the process to plan for victory by including its goals in the main action plans and reviews several key activities that comprise the main accomplishments, which might include products for the community and scientific articles and presentations that are coauthored and co-presented; as well as partnered conferences and reflection retreats on major accomplishments and transitions. Because dealing with conflict is an important part of the work of projects in general and of developing victories, this article also reviews strategies to turn conflicts into celebrations of growth that can set the stage for the next phase of partnership development as well as for further partnered research.

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