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.

Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance

by urban -- 15/8/2012 07:50:59
Founded in 2003 by seven leading Massachusetts-based policy organizations, the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance works to improve the state’s development policies in order to build welcoming communities with a high quality of life.


Our objectives include the promotion of healthy and diverse communities, the protection of critical environmental resources and working landscapes, the creation of housing and transportation choices, and equitable community development and urban reinvestment.

The Alliance achieves its mission by advancing legislation, promoting a favorable regulatory environment, and advocating for state planning, funding and construction decisions in line with the state’s sustainable development principles. Furthermore... [Extend]

Infinite Inquiry Inc.

by urban -- 15/8/2012 05:05:07
We foster the political movement from large-scale, traditional schooling environments, to small academic alliances of pupils and tutors. An experiential education services organization dedicated to the values of: a democratic life, scholastic liberty, and the pursuit of academic happiness.

Data Driven Detroit

by urban -- 15/8/2012 04:28:23
Data Driven Detroit (D3) provides accessible, high-quality information and analysis to drive informed decision-making that strengthens communities in Southeast Michigan.

Data Driven Detroit is a premier regional data collection, storage and analysis firm, recognized by the Urban Institute as a National Neighborhood Indicators Partner. D3 is a full-service organization that can help your agency organize data, evaluate programs, create maps, establish data management and retrieval systems and make sound, data-driven policy decisions.

D3 believes in the democratization of information through data sharing agreements with government agencies and nonprofits. Using advanced information technology, D3 analyzes neighborhood quality of life indicators such as health, crime, pov... [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.

Boston Youth Organizing Project

by urban -- 14/8/2012 11:16:13
BYOP is a live community of youth, supported by adults, who are fighting for justice in the Boston area and beyond. BYOP is an Organizing Project. In weekly meetings, annual elections, seasonal retreats, our Summer Training Institute, and numerous public actions & rallies, BYOP trains and prepares our community’s youth to choose and fight the battles that matter to them using the tools of organizing to build their power.

Center for the New Economy

by patmola -- 12/1/2012 08:25:47
CNE is organized to function as a think-tank, producing independent research and policy on issues of economic development. As a think tank, we are guided by the following values:


Non-Partisanship: We believe that public policy is best developed independently of any party platform or political agenda.

Not-for-Profit: CNE’s views and its research agenda are set solely by its Senior Management with support from its Faculty. CNE does not engage in any work for hire. In order to safeguard the independence of the research staff in the pursuit of their studies, all fundraising efforts are separate and insulated from the research and policy work. Donors to the Center are advised that their support will not in any way control, determine, or influe... [Extend]

Howard Samuels State Management and Policy Center

by patmola -- 10/1/2012 04:35:05
In the past two decades, the roles of state and local governments have increased greatly as federalist policies are pursued and power is devolved away from the federal government to more local structures.  As a result, the need for applied research on state and city level policy and politics has never been greater.  The Samuels Center works to fulfill that need by publishing reports on politics and policy on the state and city level.

Our mission is to advance and promote democracy by focusing on those areas of research and public policy that increase access and participation to the political process, and foster equity and quality of services for marginalized groups.  Center research emphasizes education, welfare policy, community development and empowerment zones.... [Extend]

Center on Wisconsin Strategy

COWS is a nonprofit think-and-do tank that promotes "high road" solutions to social problems. These treat shared growth and opportunity, environmental sustainability, and resilient democratic institutions as necessary and achievable complements in human development.

COWS' work is collaborative, experimental, and evidence-driven. Working with business, government, labor, and communities, we try out new ideas, test their effectiveness, and disseminate those with promise. We believe that the best way to predict the future is to start making it, particularly in our states and metro regions.  

Some areas of program focus among COWS and its affiliated initiatives (noted in parentheses below) include:

Job quality and workforce developme... [Extend]

New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute

by patmola -- 6/1/2012 04:08:29
The New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute, (NJPPRI) identifies, analyzes and disseminates information critical to informed public policy development in and for the African-American community in New Jersey and the region.

Founded in 1977 by a group of African-American professionals, NJPPRI reviews and evaluates public policies that lead to positive outcomes and improved conditions in the African-American community. Since its inception, NJPPRI has established a solid record in analyzing positions on education, housing, tax reform, and many other issues. NJPPRI has called on and employed a variety of means for promoting discussion and influencing public policy, including timely reports, policy conferences and capacity building.

The New Jersey Public Policy Research... [Extend]