Partners in Education, Evaluation and Research (PEER) Training Program

Partners in Education, Evaluation and Research (PEER)

In an effort to further the CTSC's mission of bringing research from bench to bedside, the CTSC has collaborated with the CTSA Community Engagement Core, Prevention Research Center at CWRU, and various community organizations to create the Partners in Education, Evaluation and Research (PEER) Training Program.

The PEER Training Program is a comprehensive, 18-month program that combines instruction and mentorship to build ties between academic and community researchers and enhance the research capabilities of community organizations.

Fellows are sought from community organizations that have an emphasis on the dissemination of health-related information to the community and must have the ability to further the research capacity of their organization. Each fellow is paired with a mentor from their organization and a CWRU research scientist. During the instruction phase of the program, PEER fellows will explore a number of topics to enhance their research abilities, such as research practices, study designs, and grant writing. Research projects, chosen by the respective organization, will be developed throughout the program.

The PEER program plans to train 15 fellows in the next five years; each will have a unique research project. The program's first five scholars began their fellowship on June 6.

The PEER program was featured in an article about the program in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on June 17. Click here to read the full article.

To learn more about the PEER program, visit the PRC website.