Community Research Partnerships Learning Programme

Are you involved in community research partnerships? Then why not get involved in the Community Research Partnerships Learning Programme research project! 

The NCCPE, The Young Foundation and a consortium of partners have been commissioned by UKRI to conduct an exploration of the professional development of individuals involved in community research projects. Ranging from community engagement with research to co-production of research, the project will consider the nature of professional development of individuals involved in partnerships between communities, research and innovation.

1. The programme approach

Find out more about our approach to this work

2. What has the project learnt so far?

Our reflections on the work to date

3. Get involved in the research

Click here to find out more about getting involved!

The programme approach

The project includes:
A rapid evidence review, to gather and analyse our existing knowledge in this area and inform the co-design process.
Interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders to capture insights, experiences and suggestions to feed into the co-design process.
A co-design process to create potential interventions to support individuals involved in community university partnerships
A programme committee of engagement and professional development experts, to help interpret the data and develop a set of options for effective sector interventions.


Project Partners

What has the project learnt so far?

Our research so far has involved community members, community groups, researchers and public engagement professionals.

It has uncovered many challenges and opportunities that come from establishing community research partnerships, from practicalities and logistics through to new ways of working and changes in culture and practice this must bring. There is no ‘one size fits all’ for learning. Instead individuals express an interest in a ‘menu of options’ to choose from, supporting the development of their knowledge, experience and confidence. There’s also interest in bringing together these different learning options, and the value of convening those working in communities and universities to share and learn together.

Get involved in the research

Throughout this project we have been working with community organisations, engaged researchers, public engagement professionals (PEPs) and funders to inform and shape the work.

The next phase of this work will be a set of workshops where we’ll be exploring a potential ‘menu of options’ for different learning programmes, with the chance to share your perspective and ideas for what would work for you. The workshops will be a chance to learn more about the work to date, share your ideas and perspectives, contribute to the design of specific learning opportunities, and meet individuals working in similar fields.

The initial workshops are now fully booked, but there is still an opportunity to take part in a Sensemaking Workshop:

There will be two final Sensemaking workshops on 27th September, bringing together what we’ve learned and heard across the project, to share and explore for further feedback. These will take place online, and be approximately 2.5 hours long. Previous workshop attendees are warmly welcomed back. 

  • Tuesday 27th September, 10:00 - 12:30 
  • Tuesday 27th September, 13:30 - 16:00 

To express your interest in taking part, please complete this expression of interest form.

There will be a £50 remuneration for taking part in the workshop, if participation falls outside what you’d do as part of your day-to-day role. If you have additional support needs to facilitate your involvement e.g. caring costs, please tell us in the form below. 

Online registration for this event has now closed. Please email if you would like to join one of the sessions on the 27th September.