“Dissemination as Intervention”: Building Local HIV Competence through the Report Back of Research Findings to a South African Rural Community
Article first published online: 1 SEP 2011
© 2011 The Authors Antipode© 2011 Antipode Foundation Ltd.
Volume 44, Issue 3, pages 702–724, June 2012
How to Cite
Campbell, C., Nair, Y., Maimane, S., Sibiya, Z. and Gibbs, A. (2012), “Dissemination as Intervention”: Building Local HIV Competence through the Report Back of Research Findings to a South African Rural Community. Antipode, 44: 702–724. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8330.2011.00938.x
- Issue published online: 7 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 1 SEP 2011
- knowledge transfer and exchange;
- research ethics;
- HIV competence;
- social spaces;
- community conversations
Abstract: What ethical obligations do researchers have to research informants in marginalised communities in serious distress? Our “dissemination as intervention” exercise reported research findings back to a South African rural community—using a dialogical approach which sought to strengthen participants’ confidence and ability to respond more effectively to HIV/AIDS. Nine workshops were conducted with 121 people. Workshops provided opportunities for participants to start developing critical understandings of the possibilities and limitations of their responses to HIV/AIDS, understandings which constitute a necessary (though obviously not sufficient) condition for further action. Workshops alerted participants to the valuable role played by local HIV/AIDS volunteers, facilitating reflection on how local people might better support the volunteers. These discussions served as the impetus for the establishment of a three-year community-led intervention to further these goals.