Volume 10 Issue 1 (2014)
Main Articles

Building Sustainable Research Engagements: Lessons Learned From Research With Schools

Charles J. Vukotich, Jr.
University of Pittsburgh
Jennifer Cousins
Departments of Public Health and Psychology University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Samuel Stebbins
Arlington County Health Division 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201
Published January 7, 2014
  • engaged scholarship,
  • translational science,
  • school based research,
  • community based participatory research


Engaged scholarship, translational science, integrated research, and interventionist research, all involve bringing research into a practical context. These usually require working with communities and institutions, and often involve community based participatory research. The article offers practical guidance for engaged research. The authors have experience in doing medical research with schools. There are very few guiding principles or literature to assist the school-based researcher, especially outside of educational research. Practical guidance for all community investigators is in short supply. The dual purpose of this article is to provide a comprehensive framework for conducting school based research and to offer broad-based guidance, and a set of heuristics, for engaged researchers.