Community-Based Research (CBR) brings together the unique knowledge and resources of the community and the University to address questions raised by the community itself. Bringing together diverse perspectives and ways of knowing sheds new light on today’s issues and helps to identify innovative ways to tackle them. CURA believes that communities have the skills and experience to conduct research that produces valuable knowledge grounded in lived experiences. 

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program

Builds community capacity to erase persistent racial and economic disparities in the Twin Cities region

Community Assistantship Program

Builds community capacity to use applied research to solve complex problems in Greater Minnesota 

Neighborhood Leadership and Organizing

Support neighborhood leaders in building vital communities that value full participation and embody racial equity and economic justice

Neighborhoods Now!

Build skills and knowledge for place-based community organizing through training and education 

Research, Organizing and Technical Assistance-related events, news, projects and research archive