Scientist-Community Partnerships: Resources

Useful links for scientists and communities seeking to build successful collaborations

Partnership building principles and frameworks

Union of Concerned Scientists: Building Community-Academic Partnerships
UCS convened a broad array of stakeholders to discuss institutional inequities and injustices in the food system. Our webpage includes frameworks for building respectful and trusted partnerships that value scientific and community knowledge and experience, and examples of partnership agreements.

Plant and Nurture Together Partnership Agreement
This is a partnership agreement created by the Plant and Nurture Together Partnership that oulines the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of the people and organizations who are participating in the partnership.

Toolbox of research principles in an aboriginal context
This collection of resources contains a look at protocols and initiatives for working with aboriginal and indigenous people, an examination of research ethics, and videos of existing and emerging initiatives.

Partners in Excellence: Creating Effective Strategic Partnerships
This organization explains how the most successful partnerships share risk, resources, rewards, vision, and values. UCS and Mujeres de la Tierra found this to be a useful guide during their collaborative work in Los Angeles.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Successful Models of Community-Based Participatory Research
This summary report looks at various examples of community-based participatory research through a public health lens, with a focus on partnership building, processes, and evaluation.

Principles of Environmental Justice
Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC, drafted and adopted 17 principles of Environmental Justice. Since then, The Principles have served as a defining document for the growing grassroots movement for environmental justice.

Stakeholders in Climate Science: Beyond Lip Service?
This article published in Science compares a number of research networks and how they develop knowledge, particularly with regard to how local stakeholders are involved in decision making processes.

Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy
This coalition of scientific and engineering societies has curated resources and opportunities for scientists and technical experts who are interested in exploring the policy side of community engagement.


Third-party connectors

Union of Concerned Scientists

Thriving Earth Exchange (an initiative of the American Geophysical Union)

Toxics Action Center

Public Lab (The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science) 

On-call Scientists at the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The New England Environmental Justice Network

River Network


Improving communication skills

Scientists as Stronger Community Partners (webinars)
Watch two webinars from UCS and Coming Clean, a collaborative of environmental health and justice experts that promotes human health, environmental protection, and economic fairness: “Hear Me Out: Making Meaningful Connections through Storytelling” and “Step Out of the Silo: Science through a Community and Social Justice Lens”.

Storytelling to Make Meaningful Connections and Science More Inclusive
Mónica I. Feliú-Mójer, vice-director of Ciencia Puerto Rico and program manager for iBiology, offers a robust collection of storytelling and science-communication resources.

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