Tutorial: Supporting Collaborative, Reciprocal, and Respectful Partnerships in Community-University Research

About the Tutorial

Rutgers, in fulfilling its mission as New Jersey’s state university, engages with the community in many and varied research and learning activities that constitute community-university research. Community-university research is defined as mutually beneficial research carried out between Rutgers faculty, students, or staff and a community organization, which is defined as a nonprofit group or public entity residing in a local community and providing local services.

This tutorial is designed to help faculty, students, and staff at Rutgers–New Brunswick to create collaborative, reciprocal relationships when conducting research with community partners. The tutorial will help you to:

  • understand the principles and benefits of community-university research;
  • identify the key characteristics of successful community-university research partnerships; and 
  • incorporate best practices into your own community-university research partnerships.

By incorporating these guiding principles into your work, you will increase your capacity to build mutually respectful, mutually beneficial relationships while developing a solid foundation for cultivating new partnerships and strengthening established ones.

This tutorial, which can be completed in 20 minutes, comprises a review of best practices for community-based participatory research at Rutgers, useful resources and readings for incorporating these practices into your collaborative research projects, and a guide to Rutgers resources that support research and community engagement.

Questions or comments on this tutorial may be addressed to communityprograms@ucm.rutgers.edu.

Who Should Complete the Tutorial?

Completion of this tutorial is required when seeking university grants from the Community Engagement Committee–New Brunswick. Only the principal investigator (or other individual applying for the grant) need complete the tutorial; however, this individual should share its principles and recommendations with all team members. Completion of the tutorial is recommended for all other Rutgers faculty, students, and staff who plan to do research in the community.

Instructions for reporting your completion of the tutorial are provided in the next section.

How to Use the Tutorial

To view the contents of the online tutorial, you must log on using your Rutgers NetID and a web browser connected to the internet. The tutorial features hyperlinks as well as a number of PDF and Microsoft Word documents that you can download by clicking on the links. The tutorial is broken up into five sections.

At the end of the tutorial, you will be asked to complete and submit a form confirming that you have reviewed the tutorial. Submission of the form is a requirement for any researcher applying for a grant from the university through the Community Engagement Committee–New Brunswick.

► Log on using your Rutgers NetID to begin the tutorial