Community-Academic Research Alliance (CARA)

The Community-Academic Research Alliance is a Community-Based Research Initiative that supports research partnerships between Washington and Lee University and non-profits in the Rockbridge area to address pressing community challenges. These partnerships aim simultaneously to mobilize the community for responsible social change, lay the foundation for a healthy community, and advance the education of Washington and Lee students.

CARA Database

Community-based research (CBR) is collaboration between researchers and community members in the design and implementation of research projects aimed at meeting community-identified needs. In the community-based model, academic and community members work together to identify research issues, develop research designs, collect data, write up results, and work with policy makers and practitioners in designing and executing effective responses. This research is action-oriented.

Rockbridge Poverty Report

This report attempts to accurately represent poverty and views of poverty in the Rockbridge area; determining the size, extent, and duration of the problem; describing and evaluating existing service delivery mechanisms; suggesting areas for cooperation, coordination, and integration between governmental and non-governmental organizations; and offering suggestions for future community-based research endeavors.