Resources and Tools for Community-Engaged Research & Practice

The purpose of this section is to share training materials and other resources to help community members, practitioners, and applied researchers conduct programs and/or research in communities. This online resource contains a variety of resources (toolkits, webinars, guides, videos, etc.) covering key topics such as, advocacy, community-based participatory research, grant-writing, and evaluation. This compilation is not intended to be exhaustive. Please contact the UofSC PRC if there are topic areas you wish to see in the future.

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Advocacy in Action Online Course

Advocacy in Action is offtered through a partnership between the University of Maryland School of Public Health and the Society for Public Health Education.  This online advocacy course covers critical public health advoacy skills and topics such as policy and systems change and working with partnerships and coalitions.

Cost: $95; CEUs available 

Advocating for Change Toolkit The Community Tool Box is an online resource, managed by the University of Kansas Center for Community Health and Development, for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. The Advocating for Change Toolkit supports planning for advocacy efforts and responding to opposition.
A Curriculum for Community Health Advocates and Community Health Advocate Trainers The goal of the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Community Health Advocate Program is to train individuals to become Community Health Advocates with the capacity to detect common
medical conditions. Topics include: the role of community health advocates, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.
Indiana Local Boards of Health Advocacy Guide The Indiana Local Board of Health Advocacy Guide offers information and guidance needed to be a strong advocate and to make a difference in your community. Topics include developing partnerships, writing letters to the editor, op-eds and contacting policymakers. 
NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center Community Health Worker Toolkit The NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center at NYU Langone's comprehensive toolkit of materials is available for use by community health workers (CHWs) or CHW programs. Materials include a Toolkit Training Manual, a template Progress Note, and eight educational FlipCharts covering various health and wellness topics. These resources were developed for use in the Harlem Health Advocacy Partners Program, but can be adapted to fit the unique needs of other CHW programs.
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A Manual for Community-Based Participatory Research: Using Research to Improve Practice and Inform Policy in Assisted Living This manual serves as a “how-to” resource for researchers, practitioners, advocates, policy makers, and community members interested in the use of community-based participatory research (CBPR) to inform practice and policy. It includes lessons learned from a CBPR project conducted in the field of assisted living, with the partners being the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL) and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 
Community-Based Participatory Research: A Partnership Approach for Public Health This online course develped in parternship with the Michigan Public Health Training Center and Detroit Urban Research Center covers topics such as strategies for forming, maintaining, sustaining, and evaluating CBPR partnerships; qualitative and quantitative data collection methods; methods of dissemination and translation of research findings; and benefits, challenges, and recommendations for using CBPR for research and social change.
University of Massachusetts - Worcester PRC Values Based Video The Value of Research training video is the centerpiece tool for the University of Massachusetts - Worcester Prevention Research Center's training curriculum on research methods. It is designed to assist Community Advisory Boards and other community members tell others about the value of research, and various research methods. 
Introduction to Evaluation: Community-based Participatory Research  The Community Tool Box is an online resource, managed by the University of Kansas Center for Community Health and Development, for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. This toolkit provides information and resourses to address what it is community-based research, why it can be effective, who might use it, and how to set up and conduct it.
Foundations of Health Equity Research This video developed by Johns Hopkins University describes the core principles of health equity research and covers topics such as defining health equity, engaging community and policy stakeholders, patient-centeredness, cultural competence, and dissemination of research findings. Video also highlight different geographic, cultural, and social contexts where health inequities occur.
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Principles of Community Engagement, Second Edition This primer can serve as a guide for understanding the principles of community engagement for those who are developing or implementing a community engagement plan, or it can be a resource for students or faculty. Topics include a review of organizing concepts, models, and frameworks from the literature, how to manage organizational support for community engagement; challenges of putting community engagement into practice; community-engaged research and evaluation.
Building Your Capacity: Advancing Research through Community Engagement Developed through a university-communty partnership led by Tufts Clinical & Translational Science Institute, this curriculum guide is designed to help community organizations increase their capacity to participate in community-engaged research. Part I introduces the reader to the Building Your Capacity curriculum guide and provides an overview of why and how the guide was developed. Part II provides curriculum modules that can be adapted for future use. Finally, the Appendix provides sample tools and guiding documents that may be of use in your community-engaged research efforts.
Community-Engaged Research and Health Disparities Research Online Modules Offered through the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science, this series of online modules introduces the concept of community-engaged research (CEnR) and the idea of social responsibility as a scientist or research team member. Topics include the foundations of CEnR, overcoming barriers in CEnR, and measuring readiness for change.
Human Research Volunteer Informational Videos Developed by the US Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Human Research Protections, these short videos provide basic information about human research, including clinical trials, medical research, and other kinds of research. They help potential research volunteers understand how research works, what questions they should ask, and things to think about when deciding whether to participate in a study.
Are We Ready? A Toolkit for Academic-Community Partnerships in Preparation for Community-Based Participatory Research The South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Center for Community Health Partnerships' toolkit covers community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches and methods, basic partnership principles, and assessing partnership capacity, and operations.
Assuring Engagement in Community Health Improvement Efforts Offered in partnership with the Public Health Foundation and the TRAIN learning Network, this 30-minute online course instructs the user on how to define community health assessment; engage community members and assure ownership among stakeholders.
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Community Health Needs Assessment Report Generator The Engagement Network is a national platform that offers public and custom tools produced by the Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems (CARES) at the University of Missouri. The Community Needs Assessment (CNA) Online Tool allows the user to measure the drivers of poverty in their community drawing from thousands of databases, a report generator, and a mapping tool. The CNA tool allows you to select specific state(s) and county(ies) to be included in your report, allowing you to focus on your particular service area, as well as select particular data elements to include (such as employment, education, nutrition, etc).
Community Needs Assessment Offered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this workbook guides the user through conducting a c ommunity needs assessment.  Topics include how to: plan for a community needs assessment; review and rate data collected from a community needs assessment; summarize data by creating sector data grids; develop and prioritize strategies for improvement; and create a community action plan.
Six Steps to Performing a Community Health Assessment Developed by Drexel University, this online, self-paced training is for public health professionals who work or provide services at the community level, including those at health departments and non-profit organizations. Topics include developing a community partnership, collecting and analyzing data and communicating findings.
Conducting a Community Needs Assessment Researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia collaborated with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to develop tools to facilitate the evaluation and enhancement of safe driving programs for teens. This video answers the questions: What is a needs assessment and why is it valuable and helpful? The user will learn 3 important steps: 1) Analyzing the Problem; 2) Defining Objectives and Behaviors; 3) Formulating Needs Assessment Questions.
Community Toolbox: Assessing Community Needs & Resources The Community Tool Box is an online resource, managed by the University of Kansas Center for Community Health and Development, for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. This toolkit provides guidance for conducting assessments of community needs and resources. Topics include understanding and describing the community; identifying community and stakeholder priorities; selecting a priority issue and barriers and resources for addressing the issue(s).
Community Health Assessment Toolkit The Association for Community Health Improvement’s Community Health Assessment (CHA) Toolkit offers a nine-step pathway for conducting a CHA and developing implementation strategies. Topics range from identifying and engaging stakeholders; data collection and analysis; prioritizing issues and planning, and implementing and evaluating strategies.
Rural Communtiy Health Toolkit Offered through the Rural Health Information Hub, this online module guides the user through the process of conducting a community health needs assessment to guide the development of rural community health program. The assessment identifies factors that impact a population’s health and resources available to help resolve these issues.
Identifying Community Health Needs and Assets Offered in partnership with the Public Health Foundation and the TRAIN learning Network,  this 45-minute online course, instructs the user on how to:  identify communities with unmet/disproportionate health needs; describe what matters to people in the community;  and describe the resources available for addressing identified issues.
Conducting Community Health Assessments Offered in partnership with the Public Health Foundation and the TRAIN learning Network, this 45-minute online course instructs the user on how to: define community health assessment, define the geographic boundaries of the assessment, and compile and describe evidence about local needs
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Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide  The National Cancer Institute's Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide is widely used by  scientists participating in or leading a research team. It is key professional development resource for anyone interested in enhancing their understanding of how to work collaboratively. Topics covered include preparing for team science; building and leading research teams; and how to foster trust, adress conflict, and sustain and strengthen the team.
Communities of Practice: Develop Leadership Offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Information Communities of Practice Network, this resource kit discusses the processes used to identify six different leadership roles and responsibiliites related to facilitation, knowledge management, and related areas.
Cooperative Communication Offered through the Region V Public Health Training Center's Training Gateway, this online course equips participants with an understanding of the importance of communication and adaptive tools for addressing communication throughout the process of change. Topics include how to recognize the importance of cooperative communication during change; apply one resource to a situation that can help you communicate clearly, influence others, and manage change constructively; reflect on one's own communication style and its impact on others; and outline a communication plan and apply it to a real-time situation.
Community Toolbox: Learning How To Be A Community Leader The Community Tool Box is an online resource, managed by the University of Kansas Center for Community Health and Development, for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. This toolkit provides guidance on how to make a difference within your community by following a step-by-step guide to being a successful community leader.
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Community Member's Guide to Submitting a Research Grant Application The Community Members’ Guide was written for community-based organizations interested in community-based research partnerships with academic researchers. It outlines the steps required to submit a federal grant application to funding agencies such as National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Fundamentals of Grant Writing

Offered through a partnership between the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Education To Go, Fundamentals of Grant Writing is an interactive and informative course that will equip the user with the skills and tools to raise needed funds by discovering how and where to look for potential funders who are a good match for your organization.

Cost: $159

Beginner's Guide to Grant Writing - resources videos Offered through Purdue University's Community Development Extension, this collection of videos covers introductory topics such as grant writing basics and guidance for beginners on withing a successful grant proposal.
Applying for Grants Toolkit The Community Tool Box is an online resource, managed by the University of Kansas Center for Community Health and Development, for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. This toolkit is divided into 3 parts. Part I gives a step-by-step overview of the grantwriting process. Part II provides a general template for writing a grant application. Completing Part II will give the user a solid proposal that can be adapted to meet specific grant opportunities and review criteria for specific funders.
Grant Writing Certificate Program

The University of South Carolina's Grant Writing Certificate Program provides the user with the skills, training, and methods for writing effective grant proposals. Online course topics introduction to grant writing; needs-based assessment; program development and evaluation; grant writing process. Tuition includes all course materials & certificate upon completion.

Cost:  $1,322

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Developing an Effective Evaluation Plan Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health and Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, the purpose of this workbook is to help public health program managers, administrators, and evaluators develop a joint understanding of what constitutes an evaluation plan, why it is important, and how to develop an effective evaluation plan in the context of the planning process. This workbook applies the CDC Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health.
Introduction to Program Evaluation for Public Health Programs: A Self-Study Guide This document is a “how to” guide for planning and implementing evaluation activities. The manual, based on CDC’s Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health, is intended to assist managers and staff of public, private, and community public health programs plan, design, implement and use comprehensive evaluations in a practical way.
Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Fundamentals: A Self-Guided Mini-Course Offered by the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in collaboration with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), this mini-course covers the basics of program monitoring and evaluation in the context of population, health and nutrition programs. It also defines common terms and discusses why M&E is essential for program management.
Checking Your Strategy: How Simple "Program Roadmaps" Keep You on the Strategic Straight and Narrow This educational webinar developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines 5 practical ways to approach strategic planning. It underscores how to use simplified logic models—“program roadmaps”—help guide strateigc planning.
Community Health Worker Evaluation Toolkit Offered by the University of Arizona Prevention Research Center, this toolkit was developed to be a practical and useful guide to program evaluation for Community Health Workers (CHWs) and CHW programs.  It focuses on developing an evaluation plan and choosing appropriate measurements and evaluation tools for a CHW program.  
Evaluating the Initiative The Community Tool Box is an online resource, managed by the University of Kansas Center for Community Health and Development, for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. This toolkit aids in developing an evaluation of a community program or initiative.
CDC Evaluation Resources Compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Program Performance and Evaluation Office, this collection of evaluation resources covers a wide range of topics including developing logic models, indicators and performance measures; economic evaluation; and tools and evaluation reporting. 
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Improving Cultural Competence Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs) are developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This TIP uses a multidimensional model for developing cultural competence. Adapted to address cultural competence across behavioral health settings, this model serves as a framework for targeting three organizational levels of treatment: individual counselor and staff, clinical and programmatic, and organizational and administrative. The chapters target specific racial, ethnic, and cultural considerations along with the core elements of cultural competence highlighted in the model. These core elements include cultural awareness, general cultural knowledge, cultural knowledge of behavioral health, and cultural skill development.
Advancing Cultural Competence Certificate Program The Advancing Cultural Competence (ACC) Certificate online training provides cutting-edge continuing education through free, self-paced courses. The ACC Certificate prepares participants to recognize how the conditions of daily life, sociopolitical forces, and the culture of medicine affect health among underserved racial and ethnic groups. Each online course covers the following four themes: historical frames of oppression, present day sociopolitical barriers and challenges to health,
engagement with activists and advocates within the community around health, and
clinical cases and practical tools for advancing cultural competence.
Faster Together: Enhancing the Recruitment of Minorities in Clinical Trials This online course, devleoped by Vanderbilt University, aims to teach people how to enhance the recruitment of racial and ethnic minorities in clinical trials. Key topics include the importance of diversity in clinical trials, barriers and facilitators to participation in clinical research, community engagement, effective communication, education about clinical trials, provider outreach, effective prescreening and enrollment, person-centered consent, and retention.
Community Toolbox: Enhancing Cultural Competence The Community Tool Box is an online resource, managed by the University of Kansas Center for Community Health and Development, for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. This toolkit aids in assessing and enhancing cultural competence in your organization or community effort. Topics include defining your vision and goals for cultural competence, how to conduct a cultural audit, and building a culturally competent organization and/or community.