DAIDS Community Engagement

The Division of AIDS (DAIDS) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is committed to engaging and involving community at every stage of the research process. The NIH-funded HIV/AIDS clinical trials research networks and sites, and other funded research programs primarily use Community Advisory Boards (CAB) to do this. This has shown to be an effective way to solicit community input on protocol design and conduct and has ensured that community concerns are heard. That said, other engagement approaches may be appropriate and necessary to supplement CAB activities. Using a broad approach to engagement can help ensure diverse stakeholder input and keep communities apprised of research plans and progress. DAIDS has several tools and resources available on the DAIDS Learning Portal (DLP) designed to help communities understand clinical trials research and the role of CABs so that they can be more effective in their role. There are also resources that can assist site staff as they seek to establish and work with a CAB, and in their general community outreach, educational, and consultative activities. Combined with materials available through the Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination (HANC) and other organizations, (e.g., AVAC), these materials can enhance community engagement practices and outcomes

Related Training Courses on the DLP

Name Description and Audience
Community Advisory Board (CAB) This training describes a community advisory board (CAB), including who comprises a CAB and the role it plays in clinical research. The course is geared toward the community but is also valuable to CRS staff working with the CAB.
Introduction to Clinical Research This training describes clinical research and related components of the research process. It is appropriate for CAB and community members.
Research Ethics and Informed Consent This course provides an overview of ethics in clinical research and the informed consent process. It discusses the requirements of ethical research, the processes that are in place to ensure the safety of trial participants, elements of the informed consent process, and important questions to ask before joining a study. A number of resources and a glossary are provided for additional information. This training is appropriate for CAB and community members.

Additional Training, Guidance Documents, and Resources

Additional training courses, guidance documents and other resources are available on the DLP, HANC Portal, AVAC website, and other locations as noted below.

Recommendations for Community Engagement in HIV/AIDS Research on the HANC Portal

This is an important tool for sites and community members in developing and maintaining effective community advisory boards and other engagement activities. Available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Guidance Documents on the DLP:

  • Recommended Approach to Data Collection: The Two-Step Method, March 2020, modified from recommendation, April 2015
  • Guidance on the Use of Gender-Inclusive HIV Research Practices: Protocol Design, Data Collection, and Data Reporting, updated April 2020
  • NIAID HIV Language Guide - encourages the use of non-stigmatizing language. Available in English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai.  

Resources for Good Participatory Practices (Guidance & Training Tools) on the AVAC website      

Resources for Community on the HANC Portal: 

  • Basic Scientific Literacy (BSL) Training Module
  • Be the Generation HIV Prevention Research
  • American Indian, Alaska Native, and Two-Spirit HIV Prevention Research Module  
  • Bill of Rights and Responsibilities
  • Native American Engagement in HIV Clinical Research (NAEHCR) Project Guidance and Best Practices Document
  • Site Close-out and Community Engagement
  • TB Resources for Communities and Staff

 Legacy Project, Women’s HIV Research Collaborative Resources on the HANC Portal:

  • Biomedical HIV Prevention for Women (cisgender and transgender women)
  • National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2020 Infographic
  • Women & HIV Cure-Related Research

The Denver Principles

Selected Publications

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Transgender Training Curriculum for HIV Research

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DAIDS Required Training

DAIDS has a number of training options available to all Clinical Research Site (CRS) staff. Some courses are required of CRS staff for compliance with DAIDS regulations.


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