Office of Responsible Research Practices
The Ohio State University

Community Engaged Research

The Ohio State University’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is committed to supporting the active engagement of communities in Ohio State research and to promoting research designed to engage the communities served by Ohio State. Community engagement can be broadly defined as “the process of working collaboratively with groups of people who are affiliated by geographic proximity, special interests, or similar situations with respect to issues affecting their well-being” (CDC: Principles of Community Engagement, 1997).

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a form of community engaged research, involving a collaborative approach for participation, shared decision-making, and mutual ownership in all aspects of the research process by communities affected by the issue being studied, researchers, and organizational representatives (developed from AHRQ Publication No. 04–E022-2: Community-Based Participatory Research: Assessing the Evidence, July 2004).

IRB members and/or consultants with CBPR expertise are asked to review community-based participatory research projects at Ohio State. The following resources can provide researchers and IRB members with information to develop, implement, and support CBPR. Office of Responsible Research Practices (ORRP) staff members are also available to assist with education, project-specific questions, and submission requirements related to CBPR, such as the following:

  • Regulatory considerations related to researcher engagement, performance sites, and involvement of vulnerable populations
  • Training requirements
  • Institutional and/or investigator agreements
  • Use of community advisory boards
  • Involvement of participant advocates
  • Establishing partnerships with community-based organizations


  • HRPP Policies
    Policies and procedures related to research performance sites, collaborative research, engagement, special populations, international research, etc.

College, Department, and Unit-Based Resources

Federal Resources

Independent Research Organizations

  • Community Research Partners (CRP) CRP is a non-profit partnership between the City of Columbus, United Way of Central Ohio, The Ohio State University, and the Franklin County Commissioners. Based in Columbus, Ohio, their mission is to strengthen communities through data, information, and knowledge.
  • The Wellesley Institute The Wellesley Institute is a Toronto-based, non-profit and non-partisan research and policy institute. They focus on developing research, policy and community mobilization to advance population health.
  • Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is a nonprofit organization that promotes health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions.