Increasing response rates on face-to-face surveys with Indigenous communities in Canada: Lessons from Pictou Landing
Authors: Diana Lewis, Heather Castleden, Sheila Francis, Kim Strickland, and Colleen Denny
Background: Designing an effective survey for gathering primary health data using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach in Indigenous communities in Canada has its challenges. Yet, the Pictou Landing First Nation (PFLN) Native Women’s Group (NWG) and academic research partners achieved a 59% response rate. Objectives: To share lessons learned with both campus and community-based research teams engaged in CBPR involving Indigenous communities on the process of team development, and particularly survey development and execution, as well as the factors that led to a reliable and valid household level environmental health survey that achieved a 59% response rate. Methods: Multiple debriefings conducted over the course of the 12-month data collection period allowed us to modify our protocol to fit with community oscillations. Results/Lessons Learned: Unique aspects of CBPR allowed for the development of a culturally appropriate survey protocol and culturally relevant variables that reflected the concerns of the NWG, and presenting preliminary data to the community also encouraged community buy-in to participate. Conclusions: Sharing lessons learned in this project are intended to have positive implications for future CBPR projects wanting to collect primary health survey data involving Indigenous communities.
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|Author||Diana Lewis, Heather Castleden, Sheila Francis, Kim Strickland, and Colleen Denny|
|Title||Increasing response rates on face-to-face surveys with Indigenous communities in Canada: Lessons from Pictou Landing|
|Journal Name||Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action|
- Diana Lewis
- Diana Lewis, Heather Castleden, Sheila Francis, Kim Strickland, and Colleen Denny
- Increasing response rates on face-to-face surveys with Indigenous communities in Canada: Lessons from Pictou Landing
- Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
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