Community-Driven Research Day

Community-Driven Research Day (CDRD) is a program that encourages collaboration between researchers and community-based organizations (CBOs)/community groups that have research questions they are interested in answering.

Through CDRD, Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and community groups interested in developing partnerships to conduct research participate in an interactive rapid presentation that highlights their mission, goals, and major accomplishments and displays research questions they are interested in answering to health and equity for their community members.

The 2024 Community-Driven Research Day was held on February 9, 2024 in Philadelphia. The event opened with a panel of past CDRD awardees and community-driven research experts who presented on effective community-academic collaborations. Following the panel discussion, CBOs and community groups participated in an interactive poster session to highlight research questions of interest to researchers, public sector partners and others interested in community-academic partnerships.

The event was jointly sponsored by the following institutions: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University, Temple University College of Public Health, La Salle University, Thomas Jefferson University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

We are committed to community-based participatory research, which includes the basic tenet that both community partners and research partners are involved in all phases of research, allowing community capacity and related opportunities to be developed and sustained. The focus of CDRD is about making connections, and the CDRD organizing committee is willing to help facilitate connections.

Small grants are awarded to promising community partner-researcher collaborations annually through a competitive submission process.  

Congratulations to this year's CDRD Awardees!

  • Project Title -- Co-creating Trauma-Informed Outdoor Programming with Youth
    • Prescribe Outside in collaboration with CHOP's Center for Violence Prevention
  • Project Title-- Empowering Youth Coping: Mobile Health Gamification of Selfcare and Digital Arts Technology Training
    • That Could Be Me Foundation in collaboration with La Salle University 
  • Project Title-- Evaluating a Mental Health Lived Experience Education Program for Reducing Stigma and Increasing Help-Seeking Behaviors Among Adolescents 
    • Minding Your Mind in collaboration with Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry

Note: This list is a sample of this year's winners and will continue to be updated


CDRD Information

CDRD 2024 Flyer

Click here to view and share the CDRD 2024 flyer.

Successful CDRD Partnerships

Watch academic researchers and community partners share about the collaborative research projects that stemmed from Community-Driven Research Day.

A Domino Effect: Understanding the Impact of the Opioid Crisis on African American Older Adults

Utilizing Community-based Participatory Research to Implement Sustainable IPV Screening Practices

Perceptions of African Americans About Their Participation in Clinical Trials

Research Readiness Day

Research Readiness Day (RRD) is designed as a complement to CDRD to prepare participants to develop community-academic partnerships. RRD is a technical assistance event for CBOs and community groups interested in learning more about effective community/academic research partnerships.

This is a great opportunity for community organizations that presented posters at CDRD to gain technical assistance in developing their CDRD proposal.

RRD 2024 was held virtually on February 22, 2024

RRD Information

Research Readiness Day Flyer

View this year's Research Readiness Day flyer.

Topics Covered at RRD
  • Basics of community-academic partnerships
  • Developing and refining a research question
  • Finding connections
  • Pitching your idea
  • Beginning to build a proposal
  • Working with participants
  • Navigating the IRB