Western Kentucky University

ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships

Community-Based Research

 

Community-based Research at WKU

The WKU ALIVE CCP supports community-based research at WKU through our Community Partnership Funds. Key features of these applied research projects include efforts to:

(1) build upon community strengths, to identify community assets and to empower community members as a byproduct of the research process,

(2) focus, generally, on meeting information and analytical needs of society's most economically, politically, and socially marginalized groups and communities,

(3) actively involve local residents as co-investigators on an equal basis with university-trained scholars (and students) in each step of the research,

(4) promote social learning processes, and

(5) disseminate results and findings in multiple ways, for example, through academic journals, popular press, community meetings, foundation reports and publications, university and community forums.

 

Community-Based Research at the WKU Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility 

WKU’s Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility (ICSR) serves as a resource to students and faculty who have an interest in utilizing community-based research tools to conduct academic research. 

Dr. Courte Voorhees, new faculty member in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program at WKU and Public Scholarship Coordinator at ICSR, is available to work with students and faculty in developing community-based research projects. If you would like more information on CBR at WKU, contact Dr. Voorhees at courte.voorhees@wku.edu.

For more information on ICSR, visit www.wku.edu/icsr.

Dr. Donielle Lovell, Assistant Professor in Sociology at WKU Elizabethtown campus, is also available to work with students and faculty in developing community-based research projects. If you would like more information on CBR at WKU, contact Dr. Lovell at Donielle.lovell@wku.edu.

 Last Modified 7/22/13