Become a Community Reviewer

Community reviewers are the key to success of Community Review Boards. The experience and knowledge as well as passion that Community Reviewers bring to the research process is a tremendous asset.

Basic criteria to be a Community Reviewer include:

  • Member or knowledge of the population or community of interest
  • Desire to learn about research
  • Good listening skills
  • Good verbal community skills

Are you interested in becoming part of the community-engaged research team at VCU? Click here to sign up to be a Community Reviewers on the Community Review Board.

If you have questions about the Community Review Board and/or becoming a Community Reviewer, email CEC@vcuhealth.org.

Community Reviewer FAQ*

Why would I be a good reviewer?
Your expertise is your knowledge of a particular community and/or experience with a health issue either personally or as a caregiver. The researcher that has requested your advice values your opinions and experience and would like to incorporate your feedback into his/her project in the hope that it can be more successful.

I don’t know anything about research. Why do you think I can help?
There is no prior knowledge of research required to be a Community Reviewer. The emphasis is on “community” in our expert panel. Participating in the Community Review Board process however will allow you to learn more about research and how it ultimately could affect your community.

Where are the meetings held?
Community Review Boards usually take place in a community setting, such as community centers, health centers, public libraries, etc.

How often to do I have to participate? What happens after the meeting?
If you indicate that you would like to continue as an expert, we will contact you anytime a Community Review Board is requested that is a good match to your expertise. You can decline a Community Review Board opportunity or ask to be removed from the list at any time. After each Community Review Board, you will be contacted with an update on the research project on which you advised.

*From the Community Review Board Toolkit, Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core, Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. nucats.northwestern.edu/education-career-development/community-practice-engagement-training-seminars/workshops-and-training/workshop-materials/CharretteToolkits.pdf