CBR Resources

For more information or to inquire about a partnership contact:
Audra Grady, grady@brandeis.edu, 781-736-2697

Research University Engaged Scholarship Toolkit

Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in the Engaged University
Find more articles like this one by visiting  www.servicelearning.org and typing 'tenure' in the search box.

PAR for the Course: A Congruent Pedagogical Approach for a PAR Methods Class

Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning 780 Matches in Search Results for "CBR"

Community Based Research is a form of engagement between Brandeis University and community organizations in order to create new bodies of knowledge that can help address social issues. Community organizations and members are involved in the design and implementation of projects and may oversee individual student researchers in collaboration with university faculty. Community research activities should create no harm to the community and equitably include community members involved in the research initiative. Research topics should be of importance to the community and be aimed at striving for social justice through the combination of knowledge and action.

The following organizations have possible research projects:

  • More Than Words: Given the coming change in the book industry with the Kindle and other electronic book options - More Than Words wants to look at both the opportunities and challenges that this change might bring.  We want to begin looking at industry data for used, independent and online bookstores, creative business opportunities given the changing environment - potentially other business ideas and how in this changing landscape More Than Words can continue to deliver on its mission to best prepare youth to be self sufficient with marketable job skills and a solid education.
    MTW Contact: Jennifer Stewart, jennifer@mtwyouth.org
  • Waltham Family School: Among the research questions identified by the Waltham Family School Director are: What are all of the literacy projects in Waltham? Who participates in them? Do students participate in multiple programs? What happens to families after they complete programs at the Waltham Family School? How well do the children do in school in comparison to target groups? What are the educational and work histories of mothers who completed the program? What further obstacles do they experience? Do children participate in afterschool or other outreach programs?
    WFS Contact: Brita McNemar, mcnemarb@k12.waltham.ma.us
  • WATCH CDC: WATCH needs have been identified as follows:
    • a) Immigrant Population Needs & Interests Assessment: Annually Ascertain what skills/education this population most needs and wants. This would require some data research, but would also involve surveying the community directly to learn what the population is actually interested in. This data would be used by WATCH as it evaluates the programs it offers the immigrant community (and could of course be shared with other agencies).
    • b) Diversity Report Card for City of Waltham: Annually or every 3 - 5 years Analyze all elected and appointed positions including City Council, School Committee and the range of boards and committees that are largely appointed by the Mayor. WATCH has an overall list and some data to start.   Questions include: What is this committee's official function? Does the committee actually carry out that function? What do City documents say about how this committee should be appointed, and how long the terms are? Who is on the committee? Who appointed them or how did they get their seats? What was the process/how were they selected? How long have they served? Where in Waltham do they live? What is their race/ethnicity/gender? What is their profession? Are there empty seats on the committee? How long have they been empty? 
    • c) Connections to Waltham-based large businesses - once every 5 years Many corporations have a grant process that can be easily accessed online.   For Waltham-based companies, grants often relate more to math/science education than to WATCH's mission.  However many firms have discretionary funds that they distribute to the favorite charities of key staff members. Often, those charities are located in Boston, instead of in the company's backyard of Waltham. Research would help identify the companies and individuals at those companies who might have some say over charitable contributions, and who might have an interest in supporting WATCH's work, either because their business relates to what WATCH does (for example, green building suppliers), or because past charitable giving was to an organization serving a similar mission (e.g., a housing or homeless organization in Boston), or just because they donate large grants outside of Waltham (so it's worth talking to them to let them know how they could invest in their own community). 
    • Measuring the loss of rental units in Waltham since 2000
      WATCH Contact: Erica Schwarz, erica@watchcdc.org