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. The VCU Community Review Board was adapted from the model developed by the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance.

Community reviewers can inform the research process by:

  • Providing a deeper understanding of a community and population’s unique circumstances
  • Increasing sensitivity to the community
  • Determining the feasibility and appropriateness of the project
  • Providing immediate feedback to the researchers

The following steps are required to initiate and complete the community review board process:

Online request form Principal Investigator or Study Coordinator
15 minutes
Planning meeting with Wright Center staff Principal Investigator or Study Coordinator
45 minutes
Slideshow for community reviewers Principal Investigator or Study Coordinator 30 minutes
Review session with Community Review Board panel Principal Investigator and Wright Center staff 1.5-2 hours
Discuss summary of evaluations from the review session Wright Center staff and Principal Investigator or Study Coordinator 1 hour
Follow up on application of feedback from Community Review Board Wright Center staff 1.5-2 hours

Currently, Community Review Board sessions are available on any research topic. If you would like to request a Community Review Board session in Richmond, please click here to fill out the online form.

Please note: There is no cost to researchers for a one-time review session, however, should the researcher choose to maintain an ongoing partnership, the investigator will be responsible for any fiscal and administrative support necessary to maintain the partnership.

Cite & Submit: UL1TR002649

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