The Year of Community Research, By the Numbers

I’m proud to announce the Year of Community Research, a
resource-sharing campaign to improve practice of community research, concludes 2018 with the following accomplishments!

1 research template posted

The most popular request among researchers was a research agreement template. To wrap up the year, we shared a free download and a video with tips on how to use it.

45+ researchers joined

Communication researchers from across the U.S. joined the Year of Community Research by sharing comments, input, requests, or resources for improving our practice of community research.

4 lessons learned

We shared four central lessons that emerged during a conversation between five researchers about working with non-academic community partners at the 103rd annual National Communication Association convention. Check out their lessons learned.

5 research partnerships profiled

We celebrated and learned from communication researchers doing research with community partners by publishing several new profiles, reaching a total of five innovative research partnerships:

Thank you to all the researchers who supported and joined the Year of Community Research! Let’s keep the conversation going into 2019 and beyond. Feel free to contact me or tweet me.

Resource: Research Agreement Template

To wrap up the Year of Community Research, I’m providing a download of the much-requested research agreement template. This free download in Microsoft Word is designed to help you think through your research partnership and clarify expectations for you and your community/organizational partner. 

Watch the video to learn how the template was developed and hear my four tips on how to use the template:

  1. Consider process and roles for you and your partner
  2. Anticipate road blocks
  3. Protect your data and ownership
  4. Proactively communicate with your partner
Watch to learn how to use the research agreement template

Download the template

Thank you to the researchers who provided input and material in developing this resource, especially Dr. Joann Keyton, professor of Communication at NC State University!