Youth & family community research exchange

Mandy Rosts, CFYS Graduate Research Assistant (Special Education) with Community Options Executive Director Linden Collette and Sharie Young, Children's Respite Coordinator, meeting to discuss their Community Research Exchange paper.
Mandy Rosts, CFYS Graduate Research Assistant (Special Education) with Community Options Executive Director Linden Collette and Sharie Young, Children's Respite Coordinator, meeting to discuss their Community Research Exchange paper.

Why wait until you graduate to change the world?

The CFYS Youth and Family Community Research Exchange matches graduate students with live youth and family related research issues from non profit organizations. Students produce 10 page evidence reviews and an accessible summary for each topic. See our research briefs pages for recent Community Research Exchange summaries.

What students are saying:

Feels good that we can actually have an effect on policies, programs and this project has the potential to have a beneficial effect on community. Researching with the Youth and Family Exchange gives me the opportunity to read critically, to sift through literature and to be able to put information together in a coherent way. (Dylan, BA English)
I actually have my work benefit somebody, somewhere.  The passion is really clear as the topic is coming from people working with this population of youth and wanting to make a difference.  They were trying to find research to back up, to give reason, to make a positive change and they are people who are offering the front line work and can’t take their hours for research because the actual need for service is so high. (LeeAnna, MA ICCP)

How do I get involved with the CFYS Community Research Exchange?

Open topics – click here for PDF list. 

Steps to working with the Youth & Family Community Research Exchange:

1. Send us your résumé and a two-page writing sample
2. If you see an open topic that interests you, tell us when you email us your résumé
3. Email:  with the subject line: Student: Youth and Family Community Research Exchange

Find examples of previous research briefs by reading a selection of rapid reviews by graduate students, under Summaries & reports.

Many youth-serving non-profit organizations are struggling to provide funders with evidence of program innovation, without access to sustainable research departments. This is where the Youth and Family Community Research Exchange can help, with small-in-scope research investigations conducted by graduate students.

One email to the Youth and Family Community Research Exchange could result in having access to a rapid review on a topic of concern to your organization.

Include in your email message the name of your non-profit organization and one or more issues, topics, or questions that are emerging from your work. The Youth and Family Community Research Exchange works best with small-in-scope research evidence requests. Find examples of previous research briefs by reading a selection of rapid reviews by graduate students, under Summaries & reports.

Email  with the subject line: Community Partner: Youth & Family Community Research Exchange