Perspectives from diverse stakeholders in a youth community-based participatory research project

Olutobi Oridota, Anuradha Shetty, Cordelia R. Elaiho, La Tanya Phelps, Stephen Cheng, Nita Vangeepuram

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Introduction: TEEN HEED (Help Educate to Eliminate Diabetes) is a community-based youth participatory action research (YPAR) study in which prediabetic adolescents from a predominantly low-income, non-white neighborhood in New York City participated in a peer-led diabetes prevention intervention. The aim of the current analysis is to evaluate the TEEN HEED program through examination of multiple stakeholder perspectives to identify strengths and areas for improvement that may inform other YPAR projects. Methods: We conducted 44 individual in-depth interviews with representatives from six stakeholder groups (study participants, peer leaders, study interns and coordinators, and younger and older community action board members). Interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed using thematic analysis to identify overarching themes. Results: Dominant themes identified were: 1) YPAR principles and engagement, 2) Youth engagement through peer education, 3) Challenges and motivations for research participation, 4) Study improvements and sustainability, and 5) Professional and personal impacts of the study. Conclusions: Emergent themes from this study provided insights on the value of youth participation in research and informed recommendations for future YPAR studies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102305
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
StatePublished - Aug 2023


  • Community-based participatory research
  • Peer education
  • Stakeholder feedback
  • Youth
  • Youth participatory action research


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