BECOME A COMMUNITY REVIEWER
A Community Review Board is a structured forum for researchers and community organizations that are interested in feedback from community members. It is composed of community members who serve as expert reviewers and provide feedback on various aspects of a proposed or ongoing research projects. Community members review sections of the project such as the design, implementation and recruitment strategies.
Community reviewers are key to Community Review Board success. The experience, knowledge and passion that community reviewers bring to the research process are tremendous assets.
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 communication skills
Are you interested in becoming part of the community-engaged research team at VCU? Fill out this application.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 their project in the hope that it can be more successful.
There is no prior knowledge of research required to be a community reviewer. The emphasis is on community insight. Participating in the Community Review Board process will provide an opportunity to learn more about research and how it ultimately could affect your community.
Community Review Boards usually take place in a community setting, such as community centers, health centers and public libraries.
Community Review Board meetings are scheduled for one specific date. If you are interested in participating in other Community Review Board panels, a Wright Center staff member can contact you for future opportunities.