AAPCHO is pleased to introduce its latest research toolkit! The Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR): A Health Center Toolkit with Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AA&NHOPI) or “CBPR Toolkit” is a joint collaboration between AAPCHO and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). It is intended as a handbook for community health centers (CHCs) and researchers interested in collaborative research activities.

We encourage you to send us your feedback or additional resources for this toolkit, as we will continually update and develop its usefulness to researchers and health centers with your contributions. To reach us, email AAPCHO at researchtoolkit@aapcho.org or NACHC at research@nachc.com.

You can also submit your feedback via our CBPR Toolkit Evaluation.

The CBPR Toolkit was sponsored in part by the National Institutes of Health, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIH NCMHD Grant #P60 MD000538-07S1) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, US Department of Health and Human Services (Requisition #07R000132).

Methodological Issues and Data Collection

General Information

  • Israel BA, Eng E, Schulz AJ, Parker EA (eds). Methods in Community-Based Participatory Research for Health. 2005; San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. — This text provides comprehensive examinations of CBPR study designs, data collection and analysis methods, and innovative partnership structures and process methods.

Race, Ethnicity, and Primary Language

  • Wendler D, Kington R, Madans J, Van Wye G, Christ-Schmidt H, Pratt LA, et al. Are Racial and Ethnic Minorities Less Willing to Participate in Health Research? PLoS Med. 2006; 3(2):e19. — This article finds that African-Americans and Hispanics are no less willing to participate in health research than non-Hispanic whites. Further, it suggests we focus on ensuring equal access to health research for all groups.


  • Butterfoss FD. Process Evaluation for Community Participation. Annual Review of Public Health. 2006; 27:323-40. — This article examines the importance of process evaluation to examine community participation’s role in health and social change outcomes.
  • Health Outreach Partners (formerly Farmworker Health Service, Inc). Data Collection Tools for Evaluation. — This easy-to-read table offers various evaluation mechanism definitions, benefits, and limitations.
  • Sim S-C. Why Should Nonprofits Care? The Journal for Nonprofit Managers. 2009; 21(6): 1-5. — This article discusses the importance of evaluations to an organization’s work.

Sample Tools

  • Urban Institute: Research Toolkit — This toolkit, developed by the Urban Institute, provides an introduction to various qualitative and quantitative methods for implementing and evaluating research. It includes definitions and samples for methods such as focus groups, interviews, cost-benefit analysis, and regressions.
  • Data Request Form – Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC) — This document is a useful tool for organizations to better understand the specific data elements and formats that are being requested of them.
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