Community Based Research

Since 2010, UM-Flint has maintained a Carnegie Foundation Classification for Community Engagement.  One-hundred nineteen U.S. colleges and universities have received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, an elective designation that indicates institutional commitment to community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. A listing of the institutions that currently hold the Classification endorsement can be found here.

“The institutions that we are recognizing today are doing extraordinary work in addressing their societal responsibilities in and through community engagement and service. In doing so, they bring scholarship, knowledge, and expertise to bear in the address of real challenges in our communal lives,” said Paul LeMahieu, senior vice president at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. 

The Carnegie Community Engagement Classification is awarded following a process of self-study by each institution, which is then assessed by a national review committee led by the Swearer Center for Public Engagement at Brown University, the administrative and research home for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. The classification has been the leading framework for institutional assessment and recognition of community engagement in U.S. higher education for the past 14 years with multiple classification cycles in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2015 and 2020.

  • Ethics Education for Community Partners.

     The HHS Office of Research Integrity has made a resource available ( RCReng/RCRHome.htm) to help community members (such as those who collaborate on studies with U-M investigators) understand the ethical and regulatory responsibilities that come with the conduct of human subjects research.

    The content is tailored for front-line research workers and their supervisors, and it presents issues and scenarios in four sections: (1) The Research Protocol, (2) Recruiting Participants, (3) Confidentiality, and (4) Professionalism.

    The website can be used individually or in groups.