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Table 1 Summary of planned community-based participatory research activities at each project phase

From: Improving Treatment Together: a protocol for a multi-phase, community-based participatory, and co-design project to improve youth opioid treatment service experiences in British Columbia

Phase Planned CBPR activities and techniques Anticipated outcomes and outputs
1 National, provincial, and community-based partnerships and operational structure established1
Core project team, roles, workloads, and communication processes established across each partner2
Training of project team members in CBPR and co-design processes
Project team carries out community-based co-design workshops
Project team leads multi-site thematic analyses of workshop data, involving community-partners and peer researchers at each stage of analysis
Project team leads process evaluation
Within and across stakeholder findings
Knowledge translation activities (i.e. reports, scientific publications, presentations)
Evaluation of community-based co-design workshop process
2 Project team to synthesize main findings of Phase 1 and prototype summary in close collaboration with project partners at key decision points
All project partners come together for prototype selection process
Capacity assessments with local partners to create prototype-specific operational structure
Prototype-specific working groups established and co-develops high-fidelity prototype, its purpose, content, and anticipated outcomes3
Summary of low-fidelity prototypes
Selection and development of 2–3 high-fidelity prototypes
3 Prototype specific working groups make local implementation plan
Working group locally implement prototype(s) with prototype-naïve population(s)
Provincial evaluation team leads prototype-specific process and outcome evaluation
Reports and presentations of process and outcome evaluation findings for each prototype
4 National, provincial, and community-partner meeting to discuss key findings from Phase 3 to be prepared for wider dissemination (i.e. policy and academic audiences)
National, provincial, and community-partner meeting to discuss opportunities for wider scaling
National, provincial, and community-partner meeting to discuss new research questions and
Knowledge summaries, academic publications, presentations of Phase 3
New funding proposals for wider implementation and
  1. CBPR: community-based participatory research
  2. 1National organization—Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA); Provincial organization—Foundry Central Office (FCO); Local organizations—community-based Foundry Centres
  3. 2Core project team comprising of one or more members from across all three partners, including researchers, evaluation specialists, knowledge brokers, and youth and family peer team members
  4. 3Prototype-specific working group structure will depend on the capacity assessment. It will aim to include participant representatives (youth, parents/caregivers, service providers), implementation champions from the local community Centres, and the project team (youth/family peer research team members, researchers, evaluation associates, knowledge brokers)