Community Research Institute

The Community Research Institute (CRI) is a 6 week workshop aimed at enhancing the capacity of community organization leaders and staff in health-related research methodology to be able to take the lead on and/or increase their partnership capacity in developing and conducting grant-fundable research projects. Participants will develop skills to address community health issues; apply research skills to a real-world project; receive two 1-hour consultation sessions on your project proposal with an academic professional; develop a better understanding of the resources at the University of Minnesota available to assist in designing and implementing health-related research; and network with other community and university researchers.


As a result of participating in this institute, community organization staff and leaders will:

  • Develop skills in research methods;
  • Apply skill building to a real-world project, and receive technical assistance from University researchers;
  • Develop a better understanding of the resources at the UMN available to assist them in designing and implementing health-related research (including evaluation); and
  • Dialogue with other community leaders and University researchers on important community health issues.

Who should attend?

Community organizational leaders and staff interested in further developing their skills in using research methodologies to enhance their programming/ service delivery. Participants do not need to have any prior research experience and can be at any level of research expertise. Participants should have a proposed project that they would like to work on during the institute.

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed for the Community Research Institute.  Please check back for information about the 2014 Institute.


If you have any questions about the institute, please contact
The Community Research Institute is co-sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Center for Health Equity, and Program in Health Disparities Research.

2012 Participants

We would like to congratulate the individuals from the 11 organizations that participated in the inaugural cycle of the Community Research Institute! Everyone who participated received a certificate and was recognized for all of their hard work. The following is a list of organizations that participated in last year’s institute:
Becker County Human Services
Canvas Health
Capernaum Pediatric Therapy Inc
Children’s Defense Fund
Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)
Family Tree Clinic
Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota AIDS Project
SoLaHmo Partnership for Health and Wellness


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