February 1, 2015 | Working Papers

Resident Feedback on the Restore Rundberg Community Survey

Authors: Jessenia Castro, Katie Casstevens, Barbara Garcia, David W. Springer, Ph.D.

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Introduction
A major goal of the Restore Rundberg project is to increase collective efficacy and community engagement, and community-level interventions are currently being implemented in this vein. In order to assess the effect of these interventions on collective efficacy and community engagement of Rundberg residents, researchers complied a community survey that measures residents’ of perceptions of these factors before and after implementation of interventions. Consistent with professional and ethical standards of assessment in research and practice (American Educational Research Association [AERA], 1999), we began by selecting measures of collective efficacy and community engagement that have been empirically validated and systematically translated. However, best practice in culturally sensitive assessment and community-based research dictates that measures should be examined for their appropriateness with local populations, and this should be assessed with direct input from members of the community (AERA, 1999; Hunt & Bhopal, 2004; Mels, Derluyn, Broekaert, & Rosseel, 2010; Nichter, Nichter, Thompson, Shiffman, & Moscicki, 2002). As such, this paper describes the results of focus groups completed in partnership with a local community organization. These focus groups informed adaptations to the Restore Rundberg Community Survey made in order to make this large-scale survey more relevant and acceptable to the local area.

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