Working Together

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Forging Campus Community Partnerships
Through Community-Based Research
A Guide for Community Partners,
Facuty, and !tudents

Community-Based Research Washburn University 1
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621
LinC: 785.670.2117
www.washburn.edu
Ta"e of Contents
What is Community-Based Research? Page #
Who is Involved in Community-Based Research? Page $
Why Participate? Page %
Who Benefits? Page &
Timeline Page '
Roles and Responsibilities Page (
!reements Page )-*+
- Many Thanks to Debbie Ng who designed the template for this document.
Community-Based Research Washburn University "
Community-Based Research Washburn University #
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Community-Based Research $CBR% is a collaborative and mutually beneficial enterprise
bet&een academic researchers $professors and students% and community that has as
its !oal social action and social chan!e for the purpose of achievin! social 'ustice( The
community partner or!ani)ation &or* &ith faculty in all sta!es of the research process+
&hich typically lasts the course of a semester $about , months% and can involve a
selected number of students or an entire class(
CBR is an opportunity to build brid!es bet&een Washburn University and Community-
Based -r!ani)ations $CB-s% that serve the !reater Tope*a community(
.ome e/amples of successful CBR partnerships bet&een colle!es and communities
are0
• 0ni6ersity of 4en6er students partnered 7ith 8a Cinica to conduct a 1-
month evaluation of the Reach and Teach Pro!ram+ a pro!ram desi!ned to
familiari)e &omen &ith 2a Clinica3s breast and cervical cancer screenin!
services( The research team made recommendations for improvement+ &hich
&ere inte!rated into ne/t year3s pro!ram and positive findin!s &ere used in !rant
proposals(
• !tudents at Princeton 0ni6ersity partnered 7ith the 1e7 9ersey
3n6ironmenta Federation( .tudents studied reductions in pollution and other
benefits from shuttin! do&n local !enerator incinerators( .tudents also
researched current air emissions and recommended &ays to increase
compostin!+ recyclin! and source reduction as alternatives to incineration(
• !tudents from the 0ni6ersity of 8ouis6ie partnered 7ith the oca history
society to conduct archival research &ith a focus on identifyin! individuals+
buildin!s+ and !eo!raphical sites of importance to the history of frican
mericans in the 2ouisville metropolitan area(
dapted from Community-Based Research and 4i!her 5ducation0 Principles and Practices+ .trand+ et
al(+ 6ossey-Bass+ "77# U.(
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;*< Community-Based .rgani=ations:
Community-Based -r!ani)ations $CB-s% are nonprofit or!ani)ations+ public a!encies+
or small !rass-roots !roups or!ani)ed for any number of purposes+ such as
providin! services to those in need+ advocatin! for the disadvanta!ed or
oppressed+ empo&erin! people &ho are disenfranchised+ alter structures that
limit opportunities and !enerate poverty+ violence and sufferin!+ and those that
ally themselves &ith such efforts( Partner CB-s are !enerally located in close
pro/imity to Washburn3s Campus(
;>< 8earning in the Community ;8inC<: Wash"urn 0ni6ersity?s .ffice for
Community !er6ice and !er6ice 8earning@
The institute of 2inC is Washburn University3s center for community service and service
learnin!( It involves more than 177 students each year in course and
community based service pro'ects( The Institute serves as a centrali)ed hub for
community service8service learnin! opportunities as &ell as a catalyst for ne&
community service initiatives at the colle!e(
;#< Facuty
Community based research is a cross-disciplinary approach to incorporatin! service
learnin! and community service into the curriculum of courses irrespective of ma'or(
The follo&in! are but a fe& e/amples of disciplinary based Community Based Research
initiatives0
3Aampes:
Art-- Partner &ith local a!encies to construct murals and other community-based art
pro'ects
Crimina 9ustice-- Partner &ith local a!encies to implement victim-offender mediation
pro!rams
,istory-- Partner &ith local nei!hborhood !roups to collect oral histories
1ursing-- Implement+ &ith community partners+ local health screenin!s
!ocioogy-- Wor* &ith local a!encies to mediate community based social problems
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For Community-Based .rgani=ations
CB-s confront enormous challen!es as they labor on society3s most comple/ problems
-- often &ith inade:uate resources( Community a!encies often need information as part
of their efforts to ma*e needed chan!es0 improve their pro!rams+ attract ne& resources+
understand their tar!et populations+ and contribute to a social a!enda aimed at
improvin! the lives of people in their community( .tudents provide ne& ideas+ research
s*ills+ time and talent to produce research of benefit to the community(
For Coege Campus Facuty
Community-Based Research is an approach to learnin! that inspires faculty to develop
creative and tan!ible research pro'ects that offer students ;real &orld< e/periences that
support course learnin! ob'ectives and that provide direct benefit to the community(

For Coege !tudents
Colle!e students &ho participate in Community-Based Research have a rare
opportunity to !ain competencies in research desi!n and practice+ mar*etable s*ills+
and an understandin! of the nonprofit sector+ &hile !ainin! a rare opportunity to en!a!e
&ith community members and contribute to the Tope*a community(
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Benefits to Agencies Benefits to !tudents Benefits to Facuty
Community-Based Research Washburn University =
> !encies have the
opportunity to share their
kno7edge and community
or!ani)in! s*ills &ith
colle!e students(
> Throu!h the process of
desi!nin! and completin! a
community-based research
pro'ect+ the a!ency !ains
data and research that
they can use in a number of
&ays such as0
-- 8e6eraging e/istin!
resources to apply for
fundin!
-- -dentifying a *no&n or
un*no&n community issue
-- -nforming and enhancin!
pro!rams and delivery
-- !haring the information
&ith community members
and other partners
> .tudents appy 7hat they
are earning in class in a
&ay that has ;real &orld<
benefit(
> .tudents develop
research competency
s*ills(
> .tudents are e/posed to
arger socia issues and
are participants in civic
en!a!ement(
> .tudents learn about the
nonprofit sector(
> ?aculty have the
opportunity to guide
students in a uni:ue
research process that
allo&s students to apply
theory to practice
> CBR moti6ates students
by en!a!in! them in active
learnin!
> CBR in6igorates the
curriculum by infusin! an
e/chan!e of ideas and
different &ays of learnin!
> Participatin! in CBR
broadens a professor3s ties
to the oca community
and may support other
research interests
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!tep *: Aay8 Becember
2inC staff meet &ith faculty to discuss course learnin! ob'ectives and help identify
potential partner a!encies(
!tep >: 6une C 6uly8 .eptember
2inC staff $and8or faculty% contact potential partner a!encies to identify possible
pro'ects(
!tep #: 6uly -u!ust 8 Becember
2inC staff &or* &ith faculty and a!ency staff to identify the research desi!n and method(
?aculty meet &ith community partners and Aemorandum of Understandin! is si!ned(
!tep $: .eptember C Dovember8 6anuary C pril
.tudents+ supported by faculty and in partnership &ith the a!ency+ collect data(
!tep %: Becember8 Aay
.tudents and faculty share the research results &ith the community partners(
!tep &: Becember8 Aay
ll participants evaluate process and ma*e recommendations for future improvements.
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Community-Based Research Fey Roles and Responsibilities BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB
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Partner Agency
Designates a point person for
community-based research and has
the capacity to accommodate students
conducting research.
Commits to working with Washburn
faculty and students throughout the
research process, typically for an
entire semester (4 months).
Provides their expertise, knowledge, and
data to inform the research process.
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Broker and manage the expectations and
partnership between agency, students and
faculty to assure that the research
maintains the highest standards and
benefit to the agency and community it
serves.
Draw up MOUs (Memorandum of
Understanding) and contracts.
Oversee timeline, communications,
logistics, and student schedules.
Faculty
Link academic curriculum and theory
to a context of larger social issues.
Develop parameters of CBR
component, in collaboration with
community partners.
Guide students through the research
process, monitor the collection and
analysis of data, and the reporting of
findings to the community partners.
College Students
Commit to developing the highest
quality research project possible.
Respect and values the knowledge
of the agency and community
members.
Community-Based Research
Community Partner !reement
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Community-Based Research
.tudent !reement
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