Evolution in partnership: Lessons from the East St. Louis Action Research Project

June 23, 2015

This article describes the evolution of the University of Illinois’s East St. Louis Action Research Project (ESLARP), a 23 year-old community-university partnership program broadly dedicated to collaborating in teaching, research, and service. By analyzing ESLARP’s projects over the 23-year period and the personal reflections of two participants, the authors identify three phases of ESLARP—Neighborhoods First, Technical Assistance, and Engaged Research. The authors reflect on the evolution through these phases in order to gain insights into the negotiations required to sustain a university-community partnership program.

Sorensen, J., & Lawson, L. (2012). Evolution in partnership: Lessons from the East St. Louis Action Research Project. Action Research, 10(2), 150-169. Full Text.

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