Engaged Research

The Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (the “CommNS”) conducts engaged research on key focus areas related to community well-being and the third sector.  This research usually involves a contributions from community partners and campus research teams.  The CommNS is able to leverage its platform within a large “R1” research institution and major flagship university to provide high-quality research support and infrastructure to advance projects that benefit community partners.  All Affiliates of the CommNS are invited to propose projects to the CommNS and take advantage of the CommNS pre-award support to prepare submissions.  

For information about past and current sponsored programs and engaged research projects hosted by the CommNS, see: the Centers of Excellence 2015-16 Annual Report; the Centers of Excellence 2016-17 Annual Report 


Wisconsin Idea Exchange

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Focus Areas

  • Community Wellbeing & Empowerment
  • Youth Development & Civic Engagement
  • Sustainable Community Systems
  • Program Evaluation & Community Outreach
  • Food Systems
  • Nonprofit/Third Sector Studies