Engaging the Community in Research

Education and Training for both researchers and community members

Can a community placed research approach help overcome obstacles in community access and health disparities? Could this research modality help promote health and wellness in community members? What kind of relationships can exist between those involved in formal research studies and the community at large?

The Community Engaged Research (CEnR) Learning Modules are a set of teaching presentations created by the Scripps Translational Science Institute CEnR Core. They are geared toward both community members and those involved in research or academics to help them learn more about this emerging field of interest.

Community Engaged Research is a collaborative process wherein community members—who are often the targets of research studies—are involved in the development, execution and dissemination of research endeavors that may affect them. The ultimate goal of CEnR is to improve the health of community members while simultaneously advancing research discovery in multiple areas of health and wellness.

Learning Module: Print

This print module includes basic concepts for Community Engaged Research (CEnR) and case presentations.


Learning Modules: Web

Each module takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete, and includes both a pre and post-test to help you assess your knowledge. Embedded in the presentations are real-life examples of prior and current Community Engaged projects at the Scripps Translational Science Institute and Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute. There are also numerous resources and contacts that can help you get started on a research project of your own.

  1. What is CEnR, and why should we do it?
  2. Strategies for implementing a CEnR Project
  3. Problem-solving potential barriers to CEnR

Access the introductory CEnR module.

Other Resources:

For additional resources in creating Community Engaged Research (CEnR), please review the following:


  • CITI Training Certification – The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) provides research education content. The certificate meets the Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements for researchers participating in most studies.

Special Thanks: Many community partners contributed to the development of these modules by designing, reviewing, revising and refining this training program. We would like to thank everyone for their contributions, especially the following: 

  • Southern California Clinical Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI)
  • Scripps Whitter Diabetes Institute
  • Project Dulce

We would also like to acknowledge the communities we serve especially the participants and communities that shared their stories and experiences with research studies.