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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 formPrincipal Investigator or Study Coordinator
15 minutes
Planning meeting with Wright Center staffPrincipal Investigator or Study Coordinator
45 minutes
Slideshow for community reviewersPrincipal Investigator or Study Coordinator30 minutes
Review session with Community Review Board panelPrincipal Investigator and Wright Center staff1.5-2 hours
Discuss summary of evaluations from the review sessionWright Center staff and Principal Investigator or Study Coordinator1 hour
Follow up on application of feedback from Community Review BoardWright Center staff1.5-2 hours

Currently, Community Review Board sessions are available on any research topic. 

VCU investigators interested in requesting a Community Review Board session in Richmond, fill out the online form.

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

Publications supported by the Wright Center must cite the CTSA Grant number (UL1TR002649) and comply with the NIH Public Access Policy. We rely on these citations as a critical performance measure when reporting annual productivity to the NIH.

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