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ARC co-directors, Dr. Neil Lewis Jr., and Dr. Tashara M. Leak meet with NY Lt. Gov.

The Action Research Collaborative (ARC) is Cornell’s institutional home for fostering cross-sector collaborations between researchers, policymakers, and community members to address pressing social issues, particularly in marginalized communities.

Responding to the needs of communities to support activities that improve lives.

 ARC researchers and practitioners use scientific evidence to inform decision-making in policy and practice, and to evaluate the effects of those decisions on the lives of communities–particularly those that have been historically marginalized.

Learn more about our projects and community partnerships.

We partner with existing community organizations that center equity in health, nutrition, education, and youth development to help maximize impact through action research or insights from ARC’s Evaluation Unit.

Members of the Youth Advocacy Committee at Boys and Girls Club Harlem.

ARC is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem to launch a Youth Advocacy Committee, where students explore ways to positively impact their communities and will receive funds through The Contribution Project to lead an initiative of their own.

Our partnership with Field & Fork Network is working to expand the New York State: Double Up Food Bucks program – the only nutrition incentive program in the state that matches Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) shoppers dollar-for-dollar on each purchase of fresh produce.

The Action Research Collaborative leadership visited Field & Fork Network in Buffalo, New York. November 2022.

When you support ARC, you support cross-sector collaborations that improve lives and communities.