Community-Engaged Research

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About Us

Community-engaged research is a collaborative enterprise between academic researchers (faculty, staff, and students) and community members (organizations, nonprofits, and government agencies) that synthesizes multiple sources of knowledge, promotes diverse methods of discovery and dissemination of the knowledge produced, and embraces social action and social change as outcomes (Strand et al, 2003). The Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) program at Fairfield University focuses on engaging faculty and students in interdisciplinary research with local non-profit agencies, governments, and schools in the Greater Bridgeport Area of Connecticut – while also supporting select regional, national, and international projects.

CEnR is housed within the Center for Social Impact with strong ties to the College of Arts and Sciences, and the professional schools.

Research Areas

  • Census and Demographic Analysis
  • Needs/Assets Analysis
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Survey Implementation & Analysis
  • GIS (Geographic Information Systems) – Historical & Contemporary
  • Economic Impact Analysis
  • Qualitative Analysis

Mission And Values

The Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) program connects the knowledge and resources of the university with knowledge and resources of the community to develop research-based solutions to social challenges.

  • Facilitates professional development for faculty, students, staff, and community partners to strengthen the practice of community-based participatory research
  • Assists faculty to produce high-quality, applied research on critical issues
  • Creates opportunities for students that builds their research skills, problem-solving capacity, and ability to work in diverse teams
  • Facilitates and strengthens campus-community partnerships
  • Builds the research capacity of community partners
  • Disseminates research results to the community, policy makers, and academics
  • Convenes stakeholders to discuss issues and identify new research opportunities

Our Team

Jonathan Delgado headshot

Jonathan Delgado

Assistant Director for CEnR
Center for Social Impact
Get to Know Jonathan
Jonathan Delgado serves as the Research Coordinator for the Community-Engaged Research program in the Center for Social Impact. In this role, he works with staff, faculty and students to design and implement research projects with community partners. Prior to joining the Center in 2018, Jonathan served as a graduate assistant for Fairfield’s Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program and interned with the Office of Planning & Economic Development in Bridgeport, CT. Jonathan received his Bachelors of General Studies from the University of Connecticut focusing on Business and Human Development & Family Studies. He is currently pursuing his MPA at Fairfield.

Become Involved

Community partners, faculty, and students interested in proposing CEnR projects or wanting to learn more about how to be involved with current projects can contact Jonathan Delgado, Research Coordinator, for more information.

More Information

Community Partner Interest Form

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