Faculty in family social science are pioneers in the practice of community-based participatory research (CBPR) that connects with individuals and communities in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, the nation, and beyond. This collaboration brings faculty, and often graduate students, together with members of a community in every stage of the project, from identifying the problem to designing interventions to evaluating the outcomes. It is a democratic process in which everyone’s expertise is brought to bear.
The proof of the effectiveness of these outreach activities is in the many and varied venues where department work is highlighted as well as the many awards received by outreach projects with which department faculty have been involved. In addition, department faculty members have been consulted by community organizations, corporate boards, state and national legislators, and advocacy foundations.