Community engagement for policy-relevant research is an essential element of CPR3

CPR3 focuses on two key goals: understanding how to help the state of California recover from the COVID-19 pandemic in an equitable way, and how to be prepared for the next major surge, variant or pathogen. Community involvement is critical to achieving these goals and making an impact in the lives of all Californians.

Community members and organizations play a pivotal role in CPR3 activities, including:

  1. During the research prioritization and request for proposal (RFP) process, community members reviewed and provided feedback to and guidance on RFP documents
  2. Within each priority area, community representatives reviewed, scored, and provided feedback to CPR3 project proposals. This feedback was critical for funding decisions and CPR3 portfolio composition.
  3. CPR3-funded projects include over 45 community organizations who are critical to the design, execution, interpretation and dissemination of the projects.
  4. Roughly 20% CPR3 project funding goes to community engagement efforts, including support for community partner activities and compensation for study participants.