Community Engaged Research

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What is Community Engaged Research?

Community engaged research (CEnR) is a collaborative process between the researcher and community partner that creates and disseminates knowledge and creative expression with the goal of contributing to the discipline and strengthening the well-being of the community. CEnR identifies the assets of all stakeholders and incorporates them in the design and conduct of the different phases of the research process.

Advocates assert that it promotes better research and translation of findings. Other benefits of CEnR include development of research that is responsive to community need, increased capacity built through partnerships, expanded funding opportunities and greater opportunities to translate findings into practice.*

The Division of Community Engagement works in collaboration with the Community Engagement Core of the Center for Clinical and Translational Research to organize and coordinate CEnR activities within VCU’s school and institutions to stimulate collaboration, identify synergy and broadly promote the science of CEnR.

Interested? Join the VCU Community Engaged Research (CEnR) Interest Group. The Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) Interest Group is open to all VCU faculty, staff and doctoral students who are active community-engaged researchers or who would like to learn more about CEnR. This group aims to build awareness of the range of interests and research in this area, help facilitate potential collaborations among researchers for future projects, provide information on the efforts to support and encourage CEnR and elicit suggestions to further develop high quality CEnR.

VCU Community Engagement Terms and Definitions (PDF)

*Adapted from Carnegie and CDC.

Join the Conversation Beyond VCU

CBPR Electronic Discussion Group
Stay on top of the latest Community Based Participatory Research news and funding opportunities. Co-sponsored by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) and the Wellesley Institute, the listserve has more than 4,400 subscribers, including community organizations, colleges and universities, funding agencies and policy makers.

Community Partner Listserve 


The listserve focuses on issues specific to the community partner perspective when engaged in community-higher education partnerships. The listserve aims to support conversations emerging among community partners engaged in community-higher education partnerships who are seeking to bring sustainable and systemic change through their work.

Community Engaged Scholarship
The Community-Engaged Scholarship listserve provides a venue for sharing information and resources concerning the academic review and reward system for faculty involved in community-based participatory research, service-learning and other forms of community engaged scholarship.