Organizations and centers involved in community-based research in the U.S.
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Community-Campus Partnerships for Health

Founded in 1996, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is a nonprofit organization that promotes health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions. We view health broadly as physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being and emphasize partnership approaches to health that focus on changing the conditions and environments in which people live, work and play.  Our strategic goals are to:

(1) Leverage the knowledge, wisdom and experience in communities and in academic institutions to solve pressing health, social, environmental and economic challenges;

(2) Ensure that community-driven social change is central to the work of community-academic partnerships; and

(3) Build the capacity... [Extend]

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 Urban Policy Research




Founded in 2005 as the J. McDonald Williams Institute, the mission of the Institute for Urban Policy Research is to provide research and evaluation, education and outreach, and project guidance and consulting services to inform, motivate, and inspire community-focused organizations that improve the quality of life in the communities they serve.

Our diverse staff recognizes the value of a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving, and brings a wealth of experience to each project we engage. We believe that our dedication to applying state-of-the-art, proven tools to solve problems empowers our clients to shape their future rather than being pushed by the current. At the end of the day, our clients know that they can depend on us for innovative, professional ... [Extend]

Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

by urban -- 15/8/2012 07:44:30
As a university-wide, interdisciplinary research institute, the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity works to deepen understanding of the causes of—and solutions to—racial and ethnic disparities worldwide and to bring about a society that is fair and just for all people.

Kirwan Institute research is designed to be actively used to solve problems in society. Its research and staff expertise are shared through an extensive network of colleagues and partners—ranging from other researchers, grassroots social justice advocates, policymakers, and community leaders nationally and globally, who can quickly put ideas into action.
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Institute for Families in Society

by urban -- 15/8/2012 05:12:04
The Institute for Families in Society was created in the early 1990s through the efforts of an interdisciplinary task force commissioned by the University of South Carolina. By 1992, the Institute was securely grounded by a generous donation from Cindy and Evan Nord. As an interdisciplinary research team, the Institute has worked with a variety of partners to strengthen families and communities. The mission of the Institute is to use University-community interdisciplinary research and practice as a platform to advance the science of helping families and vulnerable communities. The Institute will accomplish this mission by:


Fostering  the discovery of pathways for reducing disparities, promoting environmental and social justice, and accelerating the translation of r... [Extend]

Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice

by urban -- 15/8/2012 03:58:52
The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School (CHHIRJ) was launched in September 2005 by internationally known legal scholar, litigator and activist, Charles Ogletree, Jr., Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. The Institute honors and continues the unfinished work of Charles Hamilton Houston, one of the 20th century’s most brilliant legal scholars and litigators.

The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute marshals the resources of Harvard and beyond to advance Houston’s dreams for a more equitable and just society. It brings together students, faculty, practitioners, civil rights and business leaders, community advocates, litigators, and policymakers in a variety of forums, conferences and meetings. Partic... [Extend]

Center for Urban and Multicultural Education

by urban -- 15/8/2012 03:43:44
The Center for Urban and Multicultural Education (CUME) at the Indiana University School of Education, IUPUI creates connections between research, theory and practice with the ultimate aim of improving the quality of education throughout the P-20 continuum, focusing on the urban school setting from early childhood through graduate school levels, and including formal, alternative and community-based education. The mission is furthered through sustainable partnerships created with schools and other educational organizations in communities around Indiana. CUME's work seeks to support inquiry, facilitate public discussion, and critically challenge stereotypes about diverse students, families, and schools. Together with CUME's community partners and faculty affiliates, CUME continues ... [Extend]

UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education

by urban -- 15/8/2012 03:35:12
The UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education plays a unique role as a bridge between the university and the labor community in Southern California. Its mission is to promote research, education, and policy change to improve the lives of workers, students, and our communities. As part of the university, the Labor Center serves as an important source of information about unions and workers to interested scholars and students. Through its extensive connections with unions and workers, the Labor Center also provides labor with access to UCLA's resources and programs. An advisory committee comprised of about forty Southern California labor and community leaders (representing more than one million members in the public and private sectors) provides advice and support for the center. ... [Extend]

Center for Community Democracy and Democratic Literacy

by urban -- 14/8/2012 11:22:18
The Center for Community Democracy and Democratic Literacy examines and evaluates the work of community-based organizations to ascertain their success in expanding or capacity to expand democratic participation and to engage in community change efforts. In collaboration with the other centers and institutes of the university and of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, the Center for Community Democracy concentrates on both policy and projects to implement, develop, demonstrate, and/or test models for increased civic participation and understanding.
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Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University

by urban -- 14/8/2012 10:19:43

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University is a national policy-research and reform support organization that promotes quality education for all children, especially in urban communities. The Institute’s primary lines of inquiry include school transformation, college and career readiness, and extended learning time.
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