Community-Engaged Research (CEnR)

CEnR Overview

The FIU Office of Research Integrity (ORI) is committed to supporting the engagement of communities for FIU’s research endeavors. Community-engaged research centers on fostering collaborations with and among groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situations with the goal of addressing issues that affect the well-being of the people within the group. It often involves partnerships and coalitions that help mobilize resources and influence systems, change relationships among partners, and serve as catalysts for changing policies, programs, and practices.

FIU IRB members with CEnR expertise are asked to review community-based research projects at FIU. The following resources can provide researchers and IRB members with information to design, and implement CEnR research activities. FIU ORI staff are also available to assist with education, project-specific questions, and submission requirements.

CEnR Resources

RE-AIM – A conceptual framework for evaluating health behavior interventions. This website provides an overview of the framework and RE-AIM resources for researchers and the community.

CBPR Review Tip Sheet – A tip sheet for preparing research proposals that was developed by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health at the University of Washington.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) – Its mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used. Below are a few resources from their website, but they have quite a few others:

NIH Video Webcast – “If We Want More Evidence-Based Practice, We Need More Practice-Based Evidence”.  Provided by Lawrence W. Green, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Medicine and Co-Leader of the Society, Diversity and Disparities Program in the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California at San Francisco.

Peer Research in Action I: Models of Practice – A working paper developed by the Wellesley Institute which details best practices for peer research.