The Bronx Community Research Review Board (BxCRRB) grew out of a desire to protect residents from research abuse, in one of the most studied neighborhoods in the country. Since 2008, this independent board of around 15 residents reviews and advises on research projects taking place in the neighborhoods.
“In order to protect the best interests of our community, BxCRRB prioritizes open, honest communication between all groups in order to educate everyone involved. This begins with a review process for all potential community research projects, where our trained board members examine new proposals to identify any signs of possible issues. We advise researchers on how to approach the community in a culturally sensitive fashion, explaining the unique aspects of the groups in question and how to best approach them for optimum results.”
In 2016, the board launched the Community Engaged Research Academy, where residents receive training to take on the role of Community Expert. Community Experts “safeguard the rights and the wellbeing of their fellow Bronxites” by working with researchers and community members to shift how research is done in their area.
Originally launched as a feasibility study with Bronx Health Link, the BxCCRB has become a model for others around the country.