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.
*Adapted from Carnegie and CDC.