Interdisciplinary Studies of Innovative Community-Based Approaches to Research Dissemination (CARD)

Description

The intellectual focus of this group is to explore, implement, and continuously improve methods for making useful, research-based information about children’s development available to parents and others in high-poverty neighborhoods, and to do this in ways that affect both the knowledge of community members and the research of graduate students and advisors.  Community-based approaches to research dissemination (CARD) represent a growing need to distill, translate and disseminate evidence-based practices to communities of interest.  Community members who may benefit from resources that provide evidence-based practices in easy-to-access, relatable and meaningful ways may be those least likely to have these resources readily available.

This group will design, build, test, maintain, and continuously improve a web-based resource that (a) provides access to well-curated, expertly presented, socially and culturally relevant, and useful information on factors that affect young children’s development; (b) elicits requests for information and commentary from parents and others in high-poverty communities in ways that direct and shape presented content; (c) identifies and helps motivate both scholarly reviews and empirical investigations that address community identified priorities and questions; and (d) builds stronger relations between communities and the university, and between parents and researchers interested in common ideas and issues.

Leadership

The primary contact for this group is Scott McConnell (Educational Psychology; smccone@umn.edu).  Additional members of the leadership team are Michele Mazzocco (Child Development; mazzocco@umn.edu) and Brendan R. Watson (Journalism and Mass Communication; brwatson@umn.edu).

Membership

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