Community involvement and input is a key part of the STRIDE project. Each of the 3 STRIDE sites identified 1-2 Community Members who would provide feedback on all parts of the project. In addition, Community Investigators from each site meet monthly . Community Investigators will also be trained to evaluate standardize patient encounters and will help to train research assistants in the studies partnered with STRIDE.
A Community Engagement Studio is a one time meeting where 6-10 community leaders come together to give feedback on a specific part of a research project. A Studio is not the same as a focus group. Community members in a Studio are treated as experts who consult on the project, not research participants. In the STRIDE project, community members have given feedback on the procedure videos in eConsent, Avatars and reasons why people do and do not decide to participate in clinical trials.