The Equity Center, U.Va.

The Equity Center

A UVA Democracy Initiative center for the redress of inequity through community-engaged scholarship

Community Research Review Board

Community and Practice Directors: Karen Waters-Wicks & David Edmunds
Faculty Director: B. Cameron Webb
Staff Lead: Sherica Jones-Lewis


The Equity Center has worked with Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR) in order to establish the Community Research Review Board (CRRB).  The board operates as a community-led companion to the University of Virginia Institutional Review Board (IRB).  IRB and CRRB are working to form a mutually beneficial partnership wherein community participation prevents research projects from exploiting low-wealth residents from Charlottesville and ensures that the research conducted is beneficial to the community. It is also the expectation that university researchers will get more-accurate, more-practically effective and more-socially meaningful results through this collaboration. Community and Practice Directors Karen Waters-Wicks and David Edmunds are also members of the Equity Center's local and national advisory boards.
During the next three years, the CRRB will continue the work it has begun together with IRB members to establish a prototype model designed to protect the safety and welfare of low-wealth housing residents in the region. The CRRB program will also include development of a training component designed to facilitate completion of Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training and build capacity for equitable partnership.
The CRRB is looking to change its name in the near future.  The group has been discussing the use of Residents for Responsible Research RRR in lieu of Community Research Review Board CRRB.  The name change conversation is spurred by the desire to have a title that is relatable to community members and academics alike.

A Qualitative Evaluation of the Creation and Implementation of PHAR’s CRRB Powerpoint by Avery Leigh Bullock