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Progress Through Partnerships

DePaul fosters collaborative research, service and education relationships and partnerships that connect, educate, and engage our Chicago community. A sampling of some recent community partners is detailed below.

  • 2112
  • American Bar Foundation
  • American Medical Association
  • Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Argonne National Labs
  • A Just Harvest
  • Chicago Department of Public Health
  • Chicago Housing Authority
  • Chicago Public Library
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Chicago State University
  • Chicago Theological Union
  • Communities United
  • Illinios Board of Higher Education
  • Little Black Pearl
  • Lockhart Institute
  • Mount Carmel Baptist Church
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • MyChi MyFuture
  • Northwestern University
  • Oak Park Township Community Mental Health Board
  • Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Sinai Health System
  • Southwest Organizing Project
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Vermont

Additional information on Chicago collaborations in entrepreneurship and innovation is available here.

Additional Information on Community-Based Research

At DePaul, community research is not just something we do; it is part of our mission. It is one way that we demonstrate the institution’s commitment to the City. We focus on internal and external research initiatives that impact the lives of local residents and the operations of nonprofits, businesses and public agencies. Community research engages local problem solving through a community perspective rather than solely through the lens of the researcher. DePaul faculty and students engage in research WITH the community where community members are either leading or participating to some degree in the research process.

Below are three types of community research practiced at DePaul:

  • Community-engaged Research (CER): According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CER is “the process of working collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situations to address issues affecting the well- being of those people.”
  • Community-based Research (CBR): CBR, including participatory action research, is research conducted in collaboration with community members to address community-identified research questions. This is production of knowledge for social action, social change, and/or social justice. DePaul researchers work with community members to the degree to which they choose to be engaged in the research process. There is a strong focus on equity and mutual benefits between academic and community researchers and results are directly linked to the goals established by community partners.
  • Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR): According to the National Institute for Health, CB​PR is defined as “scientific inquiry conducted in communities and in partnership with researchers. The process of scientific inquiry is such that community members, persons affected by the health condition, disability or issue under study, or other key stakeholders in the community's health have the opportunity to be full participants in each phase of the work (from conception - design - conduct - analysis - interpretation - conclusions - communication of results). CBPR is characterized by substantial community input in the development of the grant application.”

Additional Information on Community-Based Research is available at the following links:

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