Listen to Learn

We recommend that Research Café’s be held by the community without the presence of a researcher with a research agenda. Research Cafés are designed to be facilitated by community leaders, as a way to support and strengthen communities’ capacity to partner and participate in research within their community. If you are (or anticipate) working with a community on a research project, we suggest you follow the process outlined below:


Identify a community leader that would be a strong facilitator.


Share these resources and work with leader to hold a Research Café with his/her community.


After the Research Café, debrief with the community leader about what he/she thinks and how the findings can be applied to the research project/partnership.


Hold a follow-up meeting with the community and co-facilitated with the community leader, to foster open communication between the research team and the community.

What’s needed for a Research Café

Check out our Researcher’s Guide that provides a model for building trust and reducing mistrust with underserved communities, as well as advice from community members for working with underserved communities.

This guide was co-created with researchers and community leaders in the New Orleans area based on feedback from extensive interviews about attitudes and perceptions toward research.

    We recommend that Research Cafés be held by the community without the presence of a researcher with a ‘research agenda’ in order to not present any bias. Researchers are welcome, but facilitators are the ones that run the café entirely.