Community Partners

What does your organization need to know?

Dickinson’s community-based research initiative can  help your organizations answer these questions:

  • What should we be doing? For example, a needs assessment focusing on an agency’s actual and potential clients can be critical for setting priorities and objectives. Would it be useful to have a digest of best practices used in other agencies, to compare with your own approaches?
  • How well are we achieving our mission? We can help you get feedback about what works and what needs to be improved by collecting and analyzing data on the effectiveness of your programs.
  • How can we plan for the future? We can develop summaries of how other agencies have applied evidence-based practices so you can incorporate others’ experiences into your planning.

We help you find matches between your organization’s research and information needs and the skills and interests of Dickinson faculty and students.

Which groups work with Dickinson on the CBeR


  •  Partnership for Better Health: Partnership for Better Health is a community health foundation that works collaboratively with organizations throughout parts of Cumberland, Perry, Adams and Franklin Counties to promote healthy lifestyles and enhance access to affordable, quality health care for all. The foundation has worked closely with Dickinson’s Health Studies faculty and the CBER Center on a range of community-based research projects that directly inform and advance public health.
  • United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County: United Way is perhaps best known for its fundraising on behalf of community service organizations, but it also is a primary provider of training in strategic planning and outcome assessment for these groups.
  • Cumberland-Perry Drug and Alcohol Commission: An agency of county government, the Commission supports prevention, intervention, and treatment services in our community.

Your next step

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