The Holding Space: A Guide for Partners in Tribal Research.Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2020; 14(1):101-107.PC
Although a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach is desired by American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, many researchers and tribes experience challenges in research partnerships. The aim of this project was to develop and disseminate an evidence-based training toolkit to help strengthen tribal-academic research partnerships. Our prior research found that governance, trust, and culture were essential pillars for successful community academic partnerships.
This article describes the development and evaluation of the new Holding Space: A Guide for Partners in Tribal Research toolkit, which contains a Holding Space Discussion Guide and the Tribal Research Future Game, which are delivered in a training format for participants in tribal- academic research partnerships.
Results indicate that Holding Space is a useful tool for facilitating conversations and openly reflecting on practices within partnerships and may also be appropriate for a broader audience.
Future work includes further effectiveness studies as well as research focused on dissemination and implementation.