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Community Research Collaboratives

This policy memo discusses an approach to research and engagement called Community Research Collaboratives (CRCs). Its goal is to further define and elevate an existing field of work currently under-recognized by academic researchers, philanthropists, and educational policymakers and practitioners. The authors describe CRCs as partnerships among community members, researchers, and/or educational institutions that work together to advance equity and justice by jointly creating new knowledge, policies, and/or practices that promote systemic change in educational systems and society. The authors' analysis is intended to highlight the unique attributes of CRCs, to boost their visibility in education, and to encourage funding support for this growing field.