Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics
Volume 13 Issue 4, October 2018
A Framework for Community and Stakeholder Engagement: Experiences From a Multicenter Study in Southern Africa
Rosemary Musesengwa, Moses J. Chimbari, Samson Mukaratirwa
First Published April 27, 2018; pp. 323–332
Community and stakeholder engagement (CSE) are central to conducting multicenter health research. Multicenter studies are, however, considerably more complex because they involve a geographically diverse pool of participants and researchers, making uniform application of CSE strategies difficult. This article describes a framework to achieve CSE based on the experiences of a conducting a multicenter study in Southern Africa. The CSE framework is divided into three phases: before research commences, during, and after the study. This CSE framework offers a practical step-by-step guide on the operational aspects of CSE in a multicenter study. The framework shows the importance of consistent monitoring and evaluation during implantation of CSE.