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Community Engaged Research and Creative Activity (CERCA) is the research and creative activity-based collaboration between the university and external communities that is:

  • Informed by the scholar’s and partner’s areas of expertise
  • Utilizes appropriate and rigorous methods
  • Is visible and shared with community stakeholders
  • Results in identifiable benefit to the external community

In 2011-12, the Engage KSU CES/CERCA team determined that CERCA includes research and creative activity supported through grants or contracts as long as that work meets the criteria defined in the above definition. Sponsored or contract RCA that is intended for sharing solely with academic audiences is not considered to be CERCA.

Learn more about CERCA projects going on at KSU here.

Community Engaged Scholarship (CES) is the product of research and creative activity-driven collaboration between the university and the external community that is:

  • Informed by the scholar’s and partner’s areas of expertise
  • Utilizes appropriate and rigorous methods
  • Visible and shared with community stakeholder
  • Results in identifiable benefit to the external community
  • Made available for informed critique and evaluation

Examples of CES include, but are not limited to: exhibitions, performances, programs, reports, public health initiatives, and the like that meet the aforementioned criteria. In 2011-12, the Engage KSU CES/CERCA team determined that while the term CES encompasses the scholarly products developed with and intended for use by external partners, the term CES may also be applied to academic publications derived from or analyzing such work.

Learn more about CES produced at KSU here.

Reciprocity in community engaged research and creative activity refers to a relationship in which campus and community partners are equitably involved throughout the research process. However, it is recognized that the university and partner contributions might not be equal in all areas of the process. Collaboration might include, but not be limited to, the joint development of research questions, the collection and analysis of data, development of interventions, and/or dissemination of findings.

Reciprocity is desirable in that it recognizes the expertise and experience of community partners, builds trust between community members and university researchers, more effectively leverages community resources, and helps ensure actionable responses to partner needs.

Learn more about reciprocity in CES and CERCA here.

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