About the Research Shop

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The Research Shop works with local and regional organizations and collaborations to carry out high impact community-engaged scholarship. We often collaborate with the social services and non-profit sectors, however the topics of research are diverse and reflect the needs of all our partners. Working in teams, Research Shop students, staff, and community partners review existing research, conduct community-based research, and mobilize knowledge. This work allows the Research Shop to:

  • Meet the research needs of diverse organizations in our communities
  • Act as a forum for graduate students, staff, and community partners to work together towards positive change
  • Increase the capacity of social agencies to provide evidence-informed front-line services
  • Inform and improve existing practices using evidence from research, community practice, and service users' experiences
  • Develop student, faculty, and community capacity for rigorous, community-engaged scholarship

At the Research Shop, graduate students from across campus are employed as Project Managers and Interns on projects. As part of the Research Shop, they learn a variety of professional skills and contribute their own expertise in collaborative, interdisciplinary contexts. Examples of Research Shop student activities include:

  • Writing in-depth literature reviews that summarize research in a particular area
  • Conducting research involving informational interviews with community stakeholders to learn more about current needs and practices
  • Developing, conducting and analyzing community surveys with service users

The Research Shop is led by Karen Nelson, Research Shop Coordinator.