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. Our goal is to be responsive to the needs of communities and to support activities that improve lives and promote equity.

We have a dedicated team of researchers (students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty) who can support action research projects, and evaluate their effects on relevant outcomes.

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Our Capabilities

ARC and our members work with community members and organizations, and policymakers on four types of activities:


ARC partners with community organizations and policymakers to design new, equity-centered projects. Our action research projects are responsive to the needs of communities and support activities that improve lives and promote equity.


We help implement action research projects with the goal of maximizing impact. ARC researchers use a range of scientific methodologies to provide innovative approaches to launching community-centered projects.


Our Evaluation Unit offers program evaluation services to measure the success of your projects and identify areas for improvement. Using a wide array of evaluation methods, such as surveys, focus groups, geographic information systems (GIS) mapping, and more, ARC’s researchers gather data and deliver findings that help you amplify your impact.


ARC shares lessons learned from collaborations and partnerships using a variety of channels and formats. Our team uses action research to inform community practices and spreads our findings within the community.


ARC’s members include researchers with expertise across many disciplines, including:

Working in silos has proven to be ineffective at addressing pressing issues impacting historically marginalized communities. The mission of ARC is to facilitate these collaborations, and leverage the expertise and resources to move the needle on these issues.

— Tashara Leak, PhD, Co-Director of Action Research Collaborative