Researchers from the Cancer Communication Research Center and Washington University in St. Louis developed, implemented, and tested the Make Research Matter (MRM) website. MRM is an online toolkit that assists developers of public health and health services research interventions increase the D&I potential of their interventions. The toolkit was developed building on the expertise of D&I researchers and existing literature about D&I, and was funded by the National Cancer Institute. Usability testing with potential users was conducted to refine the content and format of the toolkit.
The MRM website consists of four main tools:
> Planning Tool-an interactive survey which provides a tailored report that aids researchers with their dissemination plan;
> Resource Library-a searchable database consisting of a compilation of D&I related articles from multiple sources which is updated monthly;
> Narrative Library-a freely accessible online library containing video vignettes and transcripts with junior and senior D&I experts of “how-to” knowledge to D&I problems;
> Glossary-containing over 100 definitions of terminology used in D&I health research. Additionally, users of the MRM website can learn more about current publications and presentations, and current news related to D&I.
The Online Dissemination and Implementation Planning Tool is one of the first collective efforts of this group, and D-RIG members served as informal advisors for this project.
The Institute for Community Research (ICR) uses the tools of research to build community capacity and foster collaborative community-based partnerships. By gathering information in partnership with residents, we are helping communities locally and globally to ask better questions and get better answers about the complex problems they face. We believe this process is the best way to support personal growth, broaden community leadership and foster robust democratic institutions.
The Institute for Community Research offers a variety of resources for community residents, academics, community-based organizations and others. ICR disseminates information, creates dialogue, showcases artists, and helps to create an interactive space for you to be involved in discussing research results and the issues our community partners face, through Public Programming, conferences, and other resources.
For example, their publications provide detailed information about our programs, projects and research results. We also offer some publications for sale. For example, our participatory action research curricula for girls and youth provide a step-by-step guide in using participatory action research as a leadership, empowerment and skill-building tool. And the Ethnographer’s Toolkit is a series of books that takes you through the multiple, complex steps of doing ethnographic research in simple, reader-friendly language.
The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) is a program of the IPHAM Center for Community Health, in collaboration with extramural partners. Guided by a steering committee of community- and faith -based organizations, faculty at Northwestern University, and public organizations, they support Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) by providing seed grants, capacity-building workshops and one-on-one technical assistance, partnership facilitation, monthly information and resource updates, advocacy for supportive institutional policies, and other activities.
The ARCC Resource Directory is an online website providing access to materials and resources to help interested community and faith-based organizations and academic partners to learn about how they can build capacity to conduct community-engaged research and support building, strengthening, and sustaining their partnership.
**Click here to access a brief guided video tour of the website.**