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.


This event is jointly sponsored by the following institutions: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple 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.

Register for the Virtual Event

The 11th Annual Community-Driven Research Day will be held virtually on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 10:00AM-12:30PM EST.

Theme: Resilience and Action to Improve Health

Registration Deadlines

Jan. 25, 2021: CDRD presenters
Feb. 3, 2021: CDRD non-presenters

Keynote Speaker

Barbara Israel, DrPh

Barbara Israel, DrPh

Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan's School of Public Health

Director, Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center

Read more about Dr. Israel here.


CDRD Information

For Presenters

To meet the needs of this year's virtual event, presenters will deliver a live presentation in two separate sessions. In these breakout sessions, presenters will also have the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and students from the sponsoring institutions and learn about their research interests. Presenter expectations include:

  • Delivering up to three slides describing their organization and research questions of interest within three minutes
  • Joining an assigned themed breakout room and presenting with two other community organizations, along with a moderator that will facilitate Q&A

To best support our presenters, the CDRD committee is offering a pre-event preparation session. More information to come.

The committee is dedicated to providing technical support to the presenters and will serve as a liaison between interested partners.

For Non-presenters

CDRD is a fantastic opportunity for individuals to make connections with CBOs and community groups:

  • Non-presenters are able to customize their CDRD experience by selecting a themed breakout session to attend
  • Non-presenters can engage with presenters by asking questions and participating during the themed breakout session. Participants can use Zoom's chat feature throughout CDRD.

Registrants will have the opportunity to select which themed breakout sessions they would like to attend at least one week prior to the event.

CDRD Flyer

View and share the CDRD flyer (PDF)

Schedule at a Glance

10:00-10:05AM: Introductions

10:05-10:40AM: Keynote Speaker & Questions

10:40-10:45AM: Break 1

10:45-11:10AM: Themed Poster Sessions - Group 1

11:10-11:15AM: Break 2

11:15-11:40AM: Themed Poster Sessions - Group 2

11:40-11:45AM: Break 3

11:45-12:10PM: Themed Poster Sessions - Group 3

12:10-12:30PM: Closing

Registration Information
  • Presenters: Call for Submissions -- CBOs and community groups interested in developing partnerships to conduct research are urged to participate in an interactive virtual poster presentation that will highlight the organization’s/group’s mission, goals, and major accomplishments. Posters/Powerpoint will also display questions that they are interested in answering about resilience and action to improve health. Submissions are due by Monday, January 25, 2021. Click here to apply to present.
  • Non-Presenters: Register to Attend -- All non-presenting individuals interested in attending Community- Driven Research Day should register by Wednesday, February 3, 2021Click here to register.
View 2019 CDRD Presenters
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
  • Breastfeeding Awareness & Empowerment (BAE)
  • Center in the Park
  • The Clean Air Council
  • Creative Resilience Collective
  • Creative Resilient Youth
  • Generations, Inc./Innovations Ministires – Project Eden
  • Hepatitis B Foundation
  • IDAAY Youth and Families First
  • Lutheran Congregational Services – Lutheran Disaster Response
  • Lutheran Settlement House
  • Mount Zion Baptist Church of Philadelphia
  • Multicultural Community Family Services
  • No More Secrets
  • Palms Solutions/MBC CDC
  • Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Philadelphia Dept. of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Svcs.
  • The Philadelphia Maternal and Infant Community Action Network
  • Philadelphia Overdose Prevention Initiative
  • Promise Zone Research Connection
  • Sunday Suppers Philly
  • Thomas Jefferson University’s MATER Program
  • Tots Yearn to Learn
  • Wedge Recovery Center
  • West Phiadelphia YMCA
  • YouthHEALers

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. 

Topics covered at RRD include:

  • 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

RRD will also be a virtual event in early 2021. Stay tuned for event information and registration!

Call for Proposals, Submission, Selection

All attendees of CDRD receive the "Call for Proposals" via email. Applicants are limited to community-based organizations that present a poster during the CDRD event in partnership with a faculty member, student (with a faculty mentor), or postdoctoral fellow from a sponsoring institution. Sponsoring Institutions include Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, and The University of Pennsylvania.

Questions? Please Contact Us