Organizations and centers involved in community-based research in the U.S.
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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]

Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement

The Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement (VC) is a unit of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since its founding in 1978, the Center has been guided by the mission to improve the quality of life for all residents of the City of Chicago and the metropolitan area through research and technical assistance to organizations and local government agencies in their efforts to revitalize the many and varied neighborhoods and communities.

The Voorhees Center works in collaboration with faculty and involves urban planning and policy graduate students in its work so that they may acquire practical experience in research and policy analysis through their work on Voorhees projects ... [Extend]

Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy

by patmola -- 14/5/2012 02:55:45
The Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago is a campus wide research center that focuses on promoting and coordinating engaged rsearch on racial justice and related issues of poverty. IRRPP represents a major commitment on the part of UIC to use its intellectual resources to promote interdisciplinary collaborations between faculty and community groups working in ethnically diverse and racially marginalized communities. One of our central aims is to increase the quantity, quality and relevance of research on persistent racial inequalities, and to advance policy solutions linked to social justice outcomes. This work is outcome-oriented and based on action, community mobilization, organizing campaigns, policy reform work and community develop... [Extend]

East St Louis Action Research Project (ESLARP)

The East St Louis Action Research Project (ESLARP) is a program of sustained engagement with distressed urban areas through service learning and action research.

Together with residents and community organizations in severely distressed areas, faculty, staff and students from across the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign work on highly tangible and visible projects that address immediate and long-term needs.

Since 1987, this program of mutual learning and assistance has been an important part of neighborhood improvement and other community-based efforts in East St. Louis, Alorton, Brooklyn, Centreville and Washington Park, Illinois.


Collaborative for Equity and Justice in Education

by patmola -- 3/5/2012 07:42:41
We are disheartened by the failure of urban schools to educate low-income youth of color in particular and alarmed at the system of tracking which may ultimately prepare many youth for low-wage jobs, the military, or prison. We need to rethink the fundamental tenets of public schools—their purposes, curricula, pedagogies, orientation to youth, families and communities, and the role of educators in those schools.  In the context of growing economic, social, and environmental challenges on a global scale, our starting point is that urban youth of color are future social activists and leaders, and a central role of schools is to prepare them for those challenges.

A realistic understanding of an empowering education for all students is grounded in the recognition that it ... [Extend]

Research Institute on Social & Economic Policy

by patmola -- 22/4/2012 15:33:37

What is RISEP?

Research that impacts communities

RISEP is a research institute that studies issues of concern to working people and low-income communities. We provide facts, figures, and information to labor unions, community organizing groups, and the media about things that impact the lives of working people: the economy, wages and benefits, housing cost, health care, immigration, and the environment are some issues we have studied.

Connecting university and communities

At Florida International University, RISEP is a resource for educators and students who are interested in the issues we study and in working with low-income communities. We strive to be an example of how researchers can partner with communities and involve community member... [Extend]


by patmola -- 22/4/2012 15:26:27
For over 30 years, DataCenter has been an independent research organization for social justice movements and grassroots organizing.

Rooted in progressive social movements and grounded in values of justice and self-determination for communities, we use research as a tool to centralize community power and transform society.

DataCenter believes in advancing the concept and strategy of Research Justice — a theory and practice for social change that validates all forms of knowledge, and puts information in the hands of communities organizing for justice.

Research justice offers powerful values-driven tools to ensure that community experience reshapes conventional knowledge paradigms and impacts public policies. [Extend]

The University of Chicago Urban Network

by patmola -- 17/4/2012 09:49:12
The University of Chicago Urban Network, a faculty-led initiative of scholars and organizations concerned with urban questions, is devoted to spurring innovation in urban research and improving communication among individuals and organizations in urban research and policy.  We will do so by developing and maintaining a powerful and robust online hub, hosting an annual conference on the central questions in urban social science, and instituting a set of concrete initiatives that encourage scholars to take risks, speak across disciplines, and reach non-scholarly audiences.

Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California

by patmola -- 30/3/2012 01:51:33
The Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California (CCREC) is a University of California multi-campus research program initiative that links university researchers, community-based organizations, and policy-makers in collaborative projects to achieve creative solutions to the problems in our communities. CCREC addresses the state’s interconnected crises in the economy, education, employment, environment, health, housing, and nutrition. It is also part of CCREC’s mission to prepare a new generation of engaged scholars and community leaders.

International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement

The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) is an international non-profit organization devoted to promoting research and discussion about service-learning and community engagement. The IARSLCE was launched in 2005, and incorporated in 2007.

IARSLCE's mission is to promote the development and dissemination of research on service-learning and community engagement internationally and across all levels of the education system.

Our objectives are to advance the fields of service-learning and community engagement research across the educational spectrum (primary, secondary, post-secondary, and further education).

to promote the exchange of ideas, experiences, data and research among its members ... [Extend]