Table 8. Skills for Engaged Research

Engaged Research

  • Start with community-defined problem/issue, and work with partners to turn it into a researchable question
  • Build agreement about research questions with community partners
  • Align community definition of problem with the state of the scientific literature
  • Link CES project to theory and literature in discipline
  • Build agreement about appropriate measurement
  • Reconcile evidence-based interventions with community appropriateness and cultural knowledge systems
  • Share knowledge about academic research with community partners and learn from knowledge community shares about community‚Äôs  knowledge production systems
  • Engage in process evaluation with other team members
  • Work with IRB to comply with standards in a way that is consistent with participatory research principles and practices
  • Facilitate community researchers receiving IRB training
  • Secure funding for research, collaborate on grant development
  • Manage tensions between what funding agency wants and what community needs
  • Articulate work so that it is meaningful to communities
  • Disseminate research results in ways that are meaningful to and benefit communities
  • Maximize real impact of research, in terms of social and policy change, and change within communities and institutions



Resources for Engaged Research:

  1. Guidance Statement on the Performance of Community-Based Research
  2. CES for Health is a free on-line mechanism for peer reviewing, publishing, and disseminated products from health related community engaged scholarship.

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