Community Engagement Services


Community Engagement & Collaboration's services help investigators better connect with their study's target population, the community, and other external stakeholders. This may include assistance with volunteer recruitment and retention, identification of community partners and support in disseminating and/or implementing research findings. 


Individual Consultations

Our team of experts provide no cost one-on-one consultations services including, but not limited to: research methods, recruitment and retention plans, use of culturally appropriate engagement strategies, policy guidance using dissemination and implementation science, and capacity building for community-based studies.

Community Engagement Advisory Board Consultation

The Community Engagement Advisory Board (CEAB) provides critical consultations and feedback to diverse groups of faculty, students, trainees and community organizations on their community-based research efforts. CEAB membership is varied, including representatives from UI Health, Rush University, Chicago Department of Health, Affinity Community Services, Project Brotherhood, Northwestern University, the American Osteopathic Association, the community-at-large, and guest experts when dealing with special research topics. 

Investigators are encouraged to request CEAB consultations at least one month in advance. Consultations are usually 30-40 minutes, with two to three consultations occurring at each meeting. After the board meeting, CEAB feedback is provided to the investigator in a comprehensive memo to guide research endeavors going forward. We can also provide a letter of support for investigators of a current or future grant application who seek to utilize the Community Engagement Advisory Board as a resource within their ongoing or proposed research study.

Consultation Examples:

  • Recruitment and retention strategies for all types of human research studies
  • Feedback on promotional materials, questionnaires, surveys and interview guides
  • Review of recruitment materials and seeking advice on participant recruitment and retention rates of minority participants
  • Identification and connection with community partnerships to serve on advisory boards or to facilitate research
  • Identification of potential community resources
  • Review of research protocols with a community focus to seek advice on components involving community interaction
  • Modifications to measurement tools to make them culturally appropriate for specific ethnic groups
  • Strategies for integrating findings into community practice programs
  • Recommendations of appropriate means of disseminating information about research results and integrating finings into community practice and programs.

Collaborative Partnership Development