Organizations and centers involved in community-based research in the U.S.
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Southeast Community Research Center

SCRC is a community-based 501(c)3 organization that serves as an organizational and conceptual bridge connecting the questions, problems, and knowledge of community groups with the resources and expertise of research and educational institutions. Its mission is to build democratic institutions and improve the quality of life in the Southeastern United States. The SCRC achieves its mission through facilitating, brokering, and conducting participatory investigations and trainings. The organization views this work as a critical step in the project to create a more democratic and just society in the southeast United States.
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Public Science Project

Participatory Action Research As Public Science

We believe social science can play an important role in the struggle for social justice. Participatory Action Research (PAR) provides a critical framework for making science – systematic inquiry and analysis – a public enterprise. Allied with feminist, critical race, and indigenous theory, PAR is an approach to research that values the significant knowledge people hold about their lives and experiences. PAR positions those most intimately impacted by research as leaders in shaping research questions, framing interpretations, and designing meaningful research products and actions. With these commitments, The Public Science Project collaborates with academics, community organizations, schools, prisons, and public institut... [Extend]

Institute for Community Health

The Institute for Community Health is a nationally recognized catalyst for sustainable community health improvement, uniting real world practice with academic research. The Institute for Community Health utilizes participatory research and evaluation approaches to generate and disseminate knowledge about public health issues affecting communities.  Core to ICH’s approach is the development of long-term partnerships, a commitment to co-learning and capacity building, and a deep appreciation for the diverse experiences, perspectives, values and resources that partners contribute to community health improvement.


The Institute for Community Health was founded in 2000 to be a nationally recognized organization dedicated to health status improvement through facilitati... [Extend]

Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement

The Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement is a collaborative effort of university faculty, students and community development actors that seeks to enhance educational opportunities, facilitate innovative research, and build community development capacity. The center builds on the strength of existing relationships between faculty and students at the Bloustein School and community development networks and organizations in New Jersey and beyond. The Center hosts the Ralph W. Voorhees Public Service fellowship program for undergraduate and graduate students who work collaboratively with community organizations on group projects each Fall. The Center seeks to:


enhance dialogue and discussion among communities, government, students, and scholars

increase co... [Extend]

MacArthur Network on Youth & Participatory Politics

by patmola -- 10/1/2012 04:56:01
YPP is comprised of scholars from universities and research institutions throughout the country and is funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of their Digital Media and Learning initiative.

YPP is an interdisciplinary group of scholars who will carry out extensive quantitative research and qualitative research in four interconnected research studies. YPP Network will examine:


The ways new media may foster a new paradigm for participation in the public sphere.
How frequently and how equitably youth engage in networked public participation.
The relationship between online participatory practices and political participation.
Ways to promote more frequent, more equitable, and higher quality political engagement via partici... [Extend]