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CTSA Program Hubs Collaborate to Assess Community Engagement

Participants at the 2017 Rare Disease Day at NIH speak to exhibitors.

Community members are the ultimate beneficiaries of research. (Daniel Soñé Photography, LLC)

Community engagement is a crucial feature of successful translational research. Community members are the ultimate beneficiaries of research results, and when they have a voice in the research process, outcomes are more relevant to their needs and more readily adopted. However, the effectiveness of community engagement efforts can be difficult to measure, and better evaluation methods and tools are needed.

Recognizing these challenges, investigators at the University of Rochester, an NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program hub, launched a pilot study to develop and test a community engagement assessment process. The goal is to help academic health centers evaluate and enhance their engagement activities, which in turn will improve the translation of research results into real-world practice.

Seven other CTSA Program hubs participated in the pilot study, and all eight institutions are using the results to improve their engagement efforts. Learn more about the assessment tool.

Posted May 2018