NORDP Pre-Conference Workshop Highlight: A Research Development Professional’s Guide to Community-Engaged Research

#NORDP2017 starts Monday, May 8 in Denver, CO. Keep checking back here at the blog and on our Twitter feed (@NORDP_official) for live conference updates. Register here:

A Research Development Professional’s Guide to Community-Engaged Research

Have you wondered what you need to know to assist faculty with engaging the community and developing competitive proposals that include community engaged research?

Have you been approached by a researcher who needs to include community input on a grant proposal but has no idea where to start to engage the community?

Do you wonder if your institution has the necessary expertise and infrastructure to support community – engaged research?

The 2017 NORDP Pre-Conference Workshop entitled:  “A Research Development Professional’s Guide to Community-Engaged Research” will provide research development professionals (RDPs) with an opportunity to increase their working knowledge about community engaged (CE) research.  Presenters will focus on five community engaged research topics including: partnerships, budgets, resources/tools, training and institutional considerations.  A pre-conference survey will assess CE research knowledge, perceptions, and current activities and will help shape workshop content. A collective SWOT analysis will frame CE research from a RDP perspective, highlighting areas where RDPs can make significant contributions and where furture professional development opportunities could be most beneficial.   Case studies will illustrate examples of community engaged research and resources / tools that facilitate community engaged research and community engagement.

About the Facilitators:

Tiffany L. Israel, MSSW, is the Translational Research Coordinator/Community Navigator for the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.  In this role, she manages the implementation of the Community Engagement Studio model, a forum for community members to better inform research practices.  She serves as a co-instructor for the Vanderbilt Medical School and supports the development of community engaged research by conducting institutional seminars and guest lectures on best practices for partnering with community to improve the field of research.  Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Ms. Israel, a trained facilitator, gained more than 15 years of experience working in and with the Nashville community most recently as the Director of Programs and Resource Development for the Neighborhoods Resource Center and the Associate Executive Director for St. Luke’s Community House.

Ms. Israel has a Master’s degree in Social Work and Community Practice from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelors of Social Work from Middle Tennessee State University.

Yvonne Joosten, MPH, has an extensive background in population and community health, with expertise in community and patient engagement, community outreach, community development and building academic-community research partnerships. As the executive director of the Office for Community Engagement in the Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health she provides input on the institution’s community and public health strategic initiatives related to education, research, outreach and service. Since its inception in 2007, Ms. Joosten has led the creation and management of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core, part of the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. She has overseen the creation and implementation of infrastructure and resources to support the planning and implementation of robust community engaged research and mutually-beneficial, sustainable academic-community research partnerships. Ms. Joosten’s work in the academic setting is informed by over 30 years of experience with community based providers and advocacy organizations that serve diverse populations impacted by health disparities. She maintains strong relationships with local community leaders and has developed an extensive network of academic partners, resulting in a unique ability to effectively broker academic-community research partnerships.

Ms. Joosten has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and a Bachelor’s in Anthropology from Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona.

Kim Littlefield, Ph.D., currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Research Development and Learning ( at the University of South Alabama (USA).  In addition to the other responsibilities of this role, Dr. Littlefield facilitates the creation of collaborative research partnerships.  She is a Co-Investigator on USA’s Translational Research Services Center (TRSC) award, which established USA as a partner institution in the eleven member partner network associated with the University of Alabama at Birmingham CTSA award – the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS).  As a Co-Investigator on the TRSC project, Dr. Littlefield serves on the national CTSA Collaboration / Engagement Domain Task Force and on the Metrics/Evaluation working group.  In this role, her partnership building efforts have gravitated towards local and regional community engaged research activities.  As a university administrator, Dr. Littlefield’s community engagement research partnership building activities focus on developing institutional infrastructure to connect community and academic partners and showcase community-academic partnerships and projects in searchable, dynamic, and real-time ways.  Dr.  Littlefield’s goals for future community engaged research work include finding creative ways to translate university compliance infrastructure to the community, including human subjects training, IRB review, and grants management capabilities.  She brings an institutional perspective to the evolving discussion about how research development professionals can best apply their expertise and resources to facilitate community engaged research activities.

Click HERE for full information and to register.

Stay tuned for more workshop previews! In the meantime, you can see full descriptions of each workshop HERE.

Each workshop takes an interactive, hands-on approach, introducing new tools, techniques and training to incorporate these tools into your research development activities. Workshops will also provide opportunities for networking through small group discussion and interaction.

Workshop sizes are limited, so please register early. For questions or additional information, please contact Kari Whittenberger-Keith. We hope you to see you in the workshops!


We hope to see you at the 2017 NORDP Research Development Conference, which will be held May 8-10 in Denver, CO. For more information about the conference program or to register, visit Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2017 updates.

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