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Community Engagement Studios

The UR CTSI and Center for Community Health & Prevention can help researchers obtain project-specific input from community and patient stakeholders to enhance research design, implementation, and dissemination. Our Community Engagement Studios, run by a team of community engagement experts, provide a structured approach to directly engaging members of the community for their guidance and input on specific research studies.

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Community Engagement Studios are opportunties for researchers to gain valuable insights from community members ("community experts") in a facilitated discussion. Each studio will include up to 15 community members and last 1.5 hours. This time includes 10 minutes at the beginning for a presentation from researchers. Most of the time in the studio is spent in facilitated discussion, which includes time for questions, concerns and feedback from participants.

Please note that for the forseeable future all Community Engagement Studios will take place virtually.

Get Started

To request a studio, please submit an application.

  1. Once an application is received, we will review the request to better understand your needs and will set up an appointment.
  2. The studio team will then pull together a panel of experts and identify an appropriate facilitator.
  3. The researcher and facilitator will meet remotely for 1-2 hours to prepare for the studio.
  4. All parties will gather virtually for a meeting facilitated by the studio team. Studios are held on weekday evenings.
    • Researchers present their research question or problem.
    • Stakeholders provide feedback.
    • All parties complete a process evaluation

Community Members

The goal of the studio is to learn from community experts, in order to help guide research design.  As a community member you will be compensated for your time. To provide input, please fill out the Community Member Information Questionnaire.


For questions, please contact Laura Sugarwala.