Community-Engaged Methods Guidebook
Researchers, practitioners, and policymakers are realizing the need for and the importance of including community-engaged methods in their work. The Urban Institute created a guidebook that covers different topics in community-engaged work to aid those who are just beginning these efforts or looking to expand or deepen the work they are already doing. The guidebook is based on Urban’s Data Walk guide and includes practical advice for partnership building, community advisory boards, participatory approaches to surveys, and youth engagement.
The Urban Institute created a guidebook that covers different topics in community-engaged work to aid those who are just beginning these efforts or looking to expand or deepen the work they are already doing. The guidebook includes practical advice for partnership building, community advisory boards, participatory approaches to surveys, and youth engagement.
This toolkit was created for researchers interested in community-engaged surveys. It focuses on how to incorporate community-engaged methods into survey research and provides examples of projects across the Urban Institute that have used community-engaged methods in surveys. This resource also provides guidance on research questions and contextualization; question testing; survey implementation; and analysis, drafting, and dissemination.
Community-engaged methods aim to include people with personal, lived experience in the knowledge-building and decisionmaking process. A community advisory board (CAB) is a diverse group of community members selected to voice community perspective as coleaders and/or advisers on a project team. This toolkit provides key tools and resources for planning, forming, and operating a CAB, including a considerations checklist, profiles of some Urban Institute project-based CABs, an institutional review board tool, and a budget tool. This toolkit also provides a readiness checklist to use for CAB planning.
The key to effectively engaging communities in research is building strong partnerships. This toolkit is intended for researchers interested in finding and building relationships with partners to facilitate community-engaged research. This toolkit contains actionable information on why building equitable and sustainable partnerships is important, how to find and evaluate potential partners, and what practices are best for building good partnerships. It also provides guidance on finding and evaluating a partner and understanding the pillars of good partnership.
Youth engagement is building relationships between young people and adults through intentional, inclusive, and mutually beneficial interactions. A project can operationalize youth engagement in various ways. This toolkit shares some ideas and considerations that will help to strategically and safely incorporate young people into a project. Key features of this component are a snapshot of the benefits of youth engagement; the Urban Institute’s models for youth engagement and practitioners’ methods and tools; questions to ask before, during, and after engaging young people; and a youth engagement project evaluation worksheet.