Community-Engaged Research

Research and community go hand in hand

We’re committed to facilitating and conducting research that addresses pressing community issues. And we believe the best way to do that is to involve the people of our communities in our research projects.

In order to do so, we use the community-engaged research framework. It’s a participatory approach to research and evaluation that allows those affected by the issue to have a say in how the project shapes up.

When the research project is finished, we share our results with the community, ensuring it contributes to social change and improved quality of life.

How does community-engaged research benefit everyone?

Using the community-engaged research model strengthens the overall project and positively influences both the researchers and the subjects.

Community-engaged research:

  • Improves the design and delivery of the project
  • Improves the way findings are implemented to bring about change
  • Creates opportunities to improve the consent process and identify and resolve ethical pitfalls
  • Enhances the amount of public involvement and contribution
  • Increases academic partners’ understanding of the issue and appreciation of the value of community involvement
  • Improves the way studies are carried out, making it easier for community members to participate and benefit
  • Enhances community organizations’ knowledge and public profile, and helps them to create new partnerships with other organizations
  • Makes it possible for the general public to reap greater benefits from it

Recent community-engaged research projects

Connecting the Latinx community

The Latinx Community-University Research Coalition of Indiana strives to connect faculty and staff, policy leaders, community organizations, and community leaders interested in the well-being of Latino populations across Indiana.

Those connections will advance community-engaged research and programmatic collaborations that are respectful of the needs, cultural identity, and interests of the Latino population.

Learn more about the coalition

Examining our history

Two IUPUI anthropology professors, Susan Hyatt and Paul Mullins, received the first Charles R. Bantz Chancellor’s Community Fellowship for their work on "Invisible Indianapolis: Race, Heritage, and Community Memory in the Circle City."

The project examines the history and culture of Indianapolis neighborhoods that have vanished over the years due to redlining and segregation, gentrification, and post-war highway construction.

Learn more about the project

Bringing health and wellness options to Indy neighborhoods

The Physically Active Residential Communities and Schools (PARCS) program, brings low cost health and wellness activities to underserved neighborhoods.

Run by exercise science and fitness studies students in the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management, PARCS gives people of all ages free access to health screenings, health and wellness classes, personal training, and group exercise classes.

Learn more about PARCS

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