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Community-Engaged Research (CEnR)

Overview

Community-engaged research centers around fostering collaborations with and among groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situations with the goal of addressing issues that affect the wellbeing of the people within the group. It often involves partnerships and coalitions that help mobilize resources and influence systems, change relationships among partners, and serve as catalysts for changing policies, programs, and practices.

The Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law Program in conjunction with the Community Engagement Program (formerly Population Health Research Program) have developed resources to support community-engaged research.

Resources

  • Community-Engaged Research 101 [PDF]
    "Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) and the Institutional Review Board: Principles, Challenges, and Opportunities" provides an overview of community-engaged research, the risks and ethical issues for CEnR, and the IRB operational challenges and solutions related to CEnR.
  • Human Subjects Training for Community Partners - request
    This document assists with the required training of community partners and/or lay individuals engaged in the conduct of research. In addition to focusing on ethical conduct related to working with research participants, this training helps educate community partners on their roles and ethical responsibilities during the research project.
  • FWA Toolkit [PDF]
    This toolkit includes general information, definition of key terms and concepts, frequently asked questions, and templates to support domestic research that involves community organizations in partnership with academic institutions.
  • Ethical Conduct of Research with Human Participants Training for Youth Audiences (available from CES4Health at no charge, registration required) - download product
    This presentation serves as a simple tutorial highlighting the key principles of conducting research in accordance with state and federal regulations that Institutional Review Boards (IRB) apply in their review of research involving human participants.

Contact

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Find the right Community-Based Participatory Research training for your IRB

Read about several options, including resources developed by Harvard Catalyst's CEnR Subcommittee.