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Community-Driven Research Day

Community-Driven Research Day

Community-Driven Research Day (CDRD) is a program that encourages collaboration between researchers and community-based organizations (CBOs) / community groups who have research questions that they are interested in answering.

We are committed to community-based participatory research, which includes the basic tenet that both community partners and research partners are involved in all phases of research, allowing community capacity and related opportunities to be developed and sustained. 

Small grants are awarded to promising community partner-researcher collaborations annually through a competitive submission process.

2018/2019 Community-Driven Research Day

Theme: Health Equity: Addressing the social determinants of health

Date: Tuesday, December 4th, 2018, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Location: University of Pennsylvania – Huston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street

Read about definitions of health equity and social determinants of health.

Registration for CBOs/Community Groups

CBOs and community groups who are interested in developing a partnership to conduct research are urged to participate in an interactive poster presentation.  Posters should highlight the organization’s/CBO’s mission, goals and major accomplishments, as well as display questions that they are interested in answering about health equity and social determinants of health.   

Click here to register as a poster presenter. (CBOs/community groups only)


November 20, 2018:
Deadline for CDRD submissions

November 30, 2018:
Deadline for registration for non-presenters

December 4, 2018:
Community-Driven Research Day

February 8, 2019:
Research Readiness Day

Registration for Non-Presenters (Faculty, Staff, Students, Non-presenting CBOs/Community Groups)

Individuals interested in meeting and partnering with representatives from CBOs/community groups are urged to register and attend Community-Driven Research Day. 

Click here to register as a non-presenter.

Share this flyer about CDRD 2018-2019.

How CDRD Works

Step One: CDRD Poster Session

Through an interactive poster session, CBOs and community groups highlight their research questions to program participants who include area non-profits, community groups, public sector partners, and researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, and Thomas Jefferson University. CBOs, community groups, academic researchers, and students are able to meet and discuss potential mutually-beneficial collaborations. Community-Driven Research Day begins with a panel discussion to hear from funders, community organizations, and faculty from local institutions on the benefits of community/academic partnerships.

Step Two: Research Readiness Day

Research Readiness Day (RRD) is designed as a complement to CDRD to prepare participants to develop community-academic partnerships. RRD is a technical assistance event for CBOs and community groups interested in learning more about effective community/academic research partnerships.

This is a great opportunity for community organizations that presented posters at CDRD to gain technical assistance in developing their CDRD proposal. 

Topics covered at Research Readiness Day include:

  • Basics of community-academic partnerships
  • Developing and refining a research question
  • Finding connections
  • Pitching your idea
  • Beginning to build a proposal
  • Working with participants
  • Navigating the IRB

Mark your calendars: Research Readiness Day will take place on February 8, 2019, at Temple University. More details to come, including registration.

Step Three: Call for Proposals, Submission, Selection

A competitive pilot grant program supports partnerships formed as a result of participation in Community-Driven Research Day between academic researchers and community-based organizations. Specifically, up to seven $10,000 pilot grants are available to support interdisciplinary, community-based participatory research in health. The available funding is limited to faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University who have significant community health-related research experience, and are working in collaboration with community partners who present at Community-Driven Research Day.

You can read more about the background and goals of CDRD in this CHOP Cornerstone Blog article.

Questions? Please Contact Us