Community-Driven Research Day

Community-Driven Research Day (CDRD) encourages collaboration between researchers and community-based organizations (CBOs)/community groups who have research questions that they are interested in answering about evaluating a program's impact on healthy neighborhoods. Through an interactive poster session, CBOs and community groups will highlight their research questions to program participants who will include area non-profits, community groups, public sector partners, and researchers from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, The University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, and other local academic institutions. CBOs, community groups, academic researchers, and students will be able to meet and discuss potential, mutually-beneficial collaborations in the hopes of evaluating a program's impact on healthy neighborhoods. 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.

Hosted by Temple University, the 2014/2015 CDRD was held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 with a theme of Evaluating Your Impact on Healthy Neighborhoods. More about this topic:

Evaluation: What does it mean? Well, are you interested in knowing if you are meeting your objectives for the year? Are you able to say what is working well in your programs and what is not? Are you planning to scale up a program to reach a wider audience and wonder if it will still be successful? Are you confident that your organization and its programs are meeting the needs of the constituencies you serve? All of these are good evaluation questions. Academic-community partnerships are ideal for evaluation studies. This year's CDRD encourages community organizations to bring evaluation questions to the event to find academic partners who can help find the answers.

Thank you to all those who participated in making the 2014/2015 CDRD a success!

Funding Call for Proposals
To support research partnerships between CBOs who presented at CDRD and academic researchers, a call for proposals is now available. Through a competitive pilot grant program, the CDRD planning committee will support interdisciplinary, community-based participatory research in public health -- specifically evaluating a program's impact on healthy neighborhoods.

All pilot grants considered through the call for proposals must utilize a community-based participatory research approach (described above) and propose a research endeavor that builds and maintains respectful, trusting and mutually beneficial relationships between academic and community partners. Grants will be considered in amounts up to $10,000 from four sponsoring academic institutions – Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Drexel University.

Awards run from July 1, 20015 – June 30, 2016. Other important deadlines to consider include:

  • March 4, 2015 – Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline
  • April 20, 2015 – Full Proposal Deadline
  • May 27, 2015 – Decision Date for Full Proposals

Click here for more information on the pilot grant call for proposals, including applicant eligibility, selection criteria, LOI and Full Proposal requirements, and award terms.

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