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Building Community Power into Decisionmaking: Community Engaged Methods in Research, Policy, and Practice

Join the Urban Institute for a discussion about how community engaged methods (CEM) can amplify the power of people with lived experience in rigorous, high-quality research. The pandemic, recession, and racial justice movement have highlighted the importance of prioritizing the voices and participation of those with lived experience in work intended to help those people and communities. CEM are one set of tools to limit further harm, to develop more effective programs, policies, and systemic changes, and to further invest in communities who have been marginalized throughout history. Whether we call it civic engagement, human-centered design, or community-based participatory research, CEM seek to shift decisionmaking power, respond to histories of harm, and prioritize sustainable interventions.



  • Elsa Falkenburger, Chair, Community Engaged Methods Group, Urban Institute
  • Gary B. Hill, President and Executive Director, Exodus Treatment Center
  • Aisha Nyandoro, Chief Executive Officer, Springboard To Opportunities
  • Kimberlyn Leary, Senior Vice President, Urban Institute (moderator)



We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

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Date & Time Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Senior Fellow
    Director, Community Engagement Resource Center
  • Executive Vice President