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Center for Neighborhood Revitalization and Research

The Center for Neighborhood Revitalization and Research bridges the research practice gap by serving as a practicing academic partner with communities, nonprofit and other social service providers, and government agencies involved in community and neighborhood revitalization.

Our work is guided by three primary goals:

  1. Developing mutually beneficial research partnerships designed to advance and sustain neighborhood vitality by invigorating the culture and the economy.
  2. Providing student service learning, internships and research opportunities aimed at preparing graduate and undergraduate students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to be the first choice of employers.
  3. Supporting faculty research designed to help solve real-world problems.

Our research agenda is broad.

Our agenda cuts across multiple disciplines including but not limited to sociology, criminal justice, education and business.

Our approach is grounded in action research in the context of research practice partnerships.

Our partnerships are long-term collaborations that integrate research methodology and findings with practical experience. The CNRR action research framework embraces collective self-reflective analysis through methodical and planned examination of situations, processes and/or practices intended to inform a course of action.
 

The Center for Neighborhood Revitalization and Research bridges the research practice gap by serving as a practicing academic partner with communities, nonprofit and other social service providers, and government agencies involved in community and neighborhood revitalization.

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For more information, please contact Dr. Dorothy Dillard at ddillard [at] desu.edu.