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Community Research Network 4th Annual Conference

“Re-shaping the Culture of Research: People, Participation,
Partnerships & Practical Tools”

University of Texas-Austin * July 6-8, 2001

Agenda Video: CRN 2001 2001 CRN Call Registration Scholarships FAQ: CRN 2001

"Re-shaping the Culture of Research", will be to a large extent participant-driven. Scheduled speakers will address issues that are of critical importance to the progress of community-based research. Following a modified version of a technique known as "open space technology" (for more information about this, see (http://www.tmn.com/openspace), participants will group themselves into circles to probe more deeply into the issues that have been raised during plenary discussions and seminars. In addition, there will be scheduled sessions focusing on building the CRN at the local, regional and international levels. Scheduled sessions and workshops will also be devoted to providing specific tools for community-based research practitioners. 


4th Annual Community Research Network Conference

July 6-8, 2001

“Re-shaping the Culture of Research: People, Participation, Partnerships and Practical Tools”




Registration Open 

1:00-9:00 PM

San Jacinto Hall-Main Lobby


7:00-9:30 PM

Multi-Purpose Room

FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2001

Registration Open

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

San Jacinto Hall-Main Lobby


7:00-9:00 AM

Conference Convenes 

9:00 AM

Welcoming Remarks

9:20 - 10:00 AM

Keynote Speaker

Enrique Trueba, Univ. of Texas

10:00 AM- 12:15 PM

Open Space Forum: Panel, open circles and report back*  

Theme: What is CBR Culture? Discussions focused on inclusion, participation, fostering partnerships, concrete outcomes, and shared accountability.

Kick off Presenters:

Robert Rooks, Institute for Community Research

Rebecca Lane, National Network for Youth, Washington, DC.

Mid-morning break will be available. 


12:15-1:30 PM


Three Concurrent Sessions

2:00 - 5:00 PM


Open Space Forum: Panel, open circles, and report back*

Theme: Challenges in community-based research, focusing on people and partnerships, communication, and power.

Kick off Presenters:

Maureen Hellwig and Brian Banks, Policy Research Action Group (PRAG)

Title: “PRAG: A Decade of University/Community Partnerships”

Trisha Thorme, Coordinator, Princeton University and Trenton Center for Campus-Community Partnerships

Title: “Community-Based Research in Courses: Challenges and Opportunities”

Candie Wilderman, Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM)


Open Space Forum: Panel, open circles, and report back*

Theme: Community-Based Research in Specific Fields--Environmental Justice.

Kick off Panel:

Susanna Almanza, People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources (PODER), Austin

Jason Corburn, PH.D. student, MIT and CUCREJ (Community-University, environmental mediator and planner, Consortium for Regional Environmental Justice)

Michael Heiman, Environmental Studies, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA


Open Space Forum: Panel, circles, report back*

Theme: Community-Based Research in Specific Fields--Agriculture.

Kick off Panel:

Kim Leval, Coordinator, Sustainable Agriculture Research andEducation, Centre for Rural Affairs, Eugene, OR

Scott Marlow, Director, Community-based Programs for the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA), Pittsboro, NC

Title: “Agriculture, Communities and Policy: The Importance of Community-Based Research in Changing Agriculture, Farm and Rural Development Policy”

Mid-afternoon break will be available.


5:00-7:00 PM

Evening Activity: Night Out in Austin!






7:00-8:30 AM


8:30-10:15 AM

Plenary: Funding Community-Based Research: Perspectives from Funders


Marilyn Metzler, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta

Tom Kelly, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Mike Rogers, European Commission

Robert Hackett, The Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation

Two Concurrent Sessions

10:30 - 12:15 PM


Panel and Break-out Groups

Theme: Community-Based Research in Regions Throughout the U.S.

Kick off Panel:

Robert J. Mulvey and O. Andrew Collver, New Directions Institute, Long Island

Larry Wilson and Oliver Loveday, Appalachian Focus Project, Middlesboro, KY

Open Space Approach

Theme: Globalization and Community-Based Research Internationally

Presentations under two distinct sub-themes:

  1. Organizational Strategies

  2. Power and its Impact on Relationships


Terry Robson, Research Fellow in Social Policy, University of Ulster, Magee College, Derry, N. Ireland, “Community-Based research: Influencing Policy in a Conflict Situation”

Shirley Jones, University at Albany, Albany, NY, “Phenomenon of Difference and Geography: The African Case”

Caspar de Bok, Utrecht University and Henk Mulder, University of Groningen, “The  Operational Issues and Internalization of the Dutch Science Shops”

Johnnie D. Spraggins, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia, “The Gender Trap: Women’s Position in the Demographics of Labor in Japan”

Ronen Goffer, Israel,  “Deliberative and Participatory Democracy in Zippori Center”

Andrea Gnaiger, The Institut FBI, Innsbruck, Austria, “Knowledge is Power”

Gary Liebert, Florida State University (FSU), “ADEA, PADLOS and ABEL: Participation, Partnerships and Capacity Development in Africa”

Mid-morning break will be available.


12:15-1:30 PM


1:30 - 5:00 PM

Process and Practical Tools: Tools Bazaar 

(Scheduled presentations to date)

This will highlight a transfer of skills in CBR, providing tools and practical methods for promoting CBR practices. The presentations should aim to provide conference participants with hands-on experience. Presentations by conference participations (see call for proposals) based on the following themes:

1) Making Inroads in the Media

2) Students & Community-Based Research

3) Lessons from Special Projects

Note: if you are interested in making a presentation at the Tools Bazaar, please let us know.


Jonathan Mason, Blacklines Magazine: “Little by Little Fills the Cup”

Norbert Steinhaus, Wissenschaftsladen Bonn e.V.: “Living Knowledge, Journal of Community-Based Research”


Marcia Brenden, La Jicarita Enterprise Community Youth Development, Penasco Independent School District, Penasco, NM: “Drawing From The Well: Middle School Students Research Water Issues In Their Community”

Lin Nelson, Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington: “Students' Learning Communities in Alliance with Community-Based Research”

Raquel R. Marquez, The Hispanic Research Center, The University of Texas at San Antonio: “Making Connections: A Neighborhood Transformation Family Development Initiative in San Antonio, TX”

Caspar de Bok, Science Shop for Biology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands: “Using Community-Based Research in the Curriculum”


Charmane Hayman: “`Cyber-Segregation’ on the Information Highway: Education and Poverty in the Driver's Seat”

Robert J. Mulvey and O. Andrew Collver, New Directions Institute: “How do you know its grassroots?”

William J. Sabol, Case Western Reserve University, Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change, Cleveland, Ohio: “Using social indicators to measure outcomes of programs: Assessing Minority Over-representation in Juvenile Corrections Facilities”

Bijoy Barua, Graduate Student, OISE, University of Toronto: “Participatory Research and Landless Farmers: Regenerative Agriculture in Rural Bangladesh”

Mid-afternoon break will be available. 


5:00-7:00 PM


8:00 PM

Entertainment TBA



Sunday, July 8

7:00—9:00 AM



9:00AM – 12:00 PM

Summary of recommendations and conclusions.



Screening Room for videos and tables to distribute/display material will be available throughout the conference.

* The Open Space Forum is designed to probe more deeply into the issues raised during plenary sessions. Each Open Space Forum will begin with a panel discussion that will raise key questions about the particular theme or topic. The panels (generally 30-45 minutes in length) will be followed by smaller groupings/circles, where participants have the opportunity to discuss in depth particular themes, topics, and questions in more depth. Participants will determine the agenda for the circles. Someone within the circle will record key points of the discussion on flip charts that will be posted in a main area for all participants to view throughout the weekend. For more information about this approach, see: http://www.tmn.com/openspace. 



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