Research & Evaluation
Community businesses and organizations need not go abroad to find partners for world-class research and evaluation. Located close to home, talented UNCG researchers, students, and scholars seek collaborators for the mutually beneficial exchange, exploration, and application of knowledge, information, and resources.
UNCG promotes a vigorous and robust learning environment for high quality research and evaluation. We stay up to date on the newest technologies, methods, and research ensuring that the university offers cutting edge applications for solving real-world issues in our community. The experiences and expertise of our faculty, staff, and students on a wide range of topics and methods make UNCG a great partner for addressing research questions and evaluating programs.
Where to Go
Below you will find links to offices or databases to help identify faculty and staff based on their areas of specialty.
The Center for Community-Engaged Design (CC-ED) is an interdisciplinary research center that fosters community/university partnerships for meaningful research and design of the built and natural environments. CC-ED collaborates with community partners, non-profit organizations, and municipal departments to address design-related projects in underserved areas and for underrepresented populations in the Piedmont-Triad area. Through community-engaged processes of research, service, visioning, teaching, and learning, CC-ED brings innovative design thinking and methodologies to bear in areas where resources are most limited.
The complexity of social, economic, and structural factors that have created such lasting social problems as substandard housing, segregation, homelessness, and sustainable community development demand a multidisciplinary, multi-method, community-engaged approach. The Center for Housing and Community Studies (CHCS) brings together faculty from multiple disciplines and backgrounds to study these problems as well as to provide a point of contact for community partners. CHCS will enhance UNCG’s capacity to serve the state on a regional basis with practical education and training of UNCG students, and program and community-based evaluation research in housing and long-term regional sustainable planning.
The Center for Industry Research and Engagement performs high-quality applied research in economic policy and business practice, drawing on the expertise of the faculty of the Bryan School of Business and Economics. Our goal is to use sound and objective research to serve the Triad community and to assist in the economic development of our region.
The Center for New North Carolinians (CNNC) Center Research Fellows are academics and community based professionals who undertake special community based research projects to study, analyze, and disseminate social science research related to the integration process of immigrants in the state of North Carolina. CNNC Center Research Fellows seek equitable representation of immigrant colleagues and community representatives in community based research to assure full presentation of community interests and goals.
Researchers at the UNCG Center for Translational Biomedical Research are conducting research to identify and evaluate bioactive ingredients from food, plants and traditional Chinese medicines for the prevention and treatment of metabolic disorders such as diabetes, obesity, and cancer. This research entails chemical and metabolic profiling of bioactive components from a whole biological systems (metabolomics) approach. Other research examines cellular and molecular mechanisms of bioactive components, in order to address fundamental research questions that enhance our basic understanding of the contribution of bioactive components to human health and wellness, healthy aging, and disease prevention.
The Center for Women’s Health and Wellness (CWHW) works to advance the health and wellness of all women and girls through collaborative research, educational programs, and community engagement. Specifically, the CWHW conducts research related to women’s multiple roles and work-family-life balance, breastfeeding, women’s reproductive health, reducing the research-practice gap in domestic violence, motherhood and coaching, and bystander intentions of student-athletes in sexually violent situations.
The Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships (CYFCP) addresses health and social issues affecting children, youth, and families in the community. The CYFCP advances research and outreach for the university, builds social capital, and enhances community health and well-being, and collaborates with university partners, community-based agencies, state and local organizations, and individuals to put evidence-based solutions into practice and to evaluate practice-based evidence.
The Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness is at the forefront of excellence in health promotion for athletes of all ages and levels of competition. The Institute’s vision is to improved the health and wellness of athletes through the translation of prevention research to effective policies and practices. Areas of focus include, but not limited to, (a) alcohol and other drug education/prevention, (b) the prevention of interpersonal violence, (c) the promotion of effective stress management, decision making, and communication skills and (d) the promotion of healthy relationships and emotional health. Their mission is to work collaboratively with a variety of organizations to provide educational resources and support through evidence-based programming, training, research, and evaluation to effectively promote athlete health and wellness thereby fostering lifelong athlete development. The Institute accomplishes this by providing valuable technical and research/evaluation support for organizations that serve athletes.
A major focus of the Medicinal Chemistry Collaborative is “natural products,” the molecules synthesized by plants, fungi, and other natural organisms. To find important examples of how natural products have contributed to medicine, one need look no further than penicillin, a molecule produced by a fungus, that sparked the antibiotic revolution. The applications of our natural products research include discovering new lead compounds for drug development, evaluating the safety and efficacy of traditional herbal medicines, and understanding the role that chemical compounds play in communication between living systems.
The Nonprofit Evaluation Support Program ( NESP) aims to increase the program evaluation capacity of nonprofit organizations, with a particular emphasis on those organizations in the Piedmont Triad Region of North Carolina. Supported by the Department of Educational Research Methodology and the SERVE Center, NESP helps nonprofit organizations implement program evaluation activities and develop the necessary capacity to sustain such activities over time. A range of services are offered, including direct program evaluation support customized to individual organizations, and capacity-building professional development training that include webinars, workshops, and online programming. Organizations that would like to request assistance from NESP may contact the UNCG Referral Desk at 336-505-8994, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) is a campus-wide, cross-disciplinary center that has community-engagement, building student and community connections as it primary focus. NCEC’s mission is to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses and to serve as a catalysis for the creation of sustainable and globally competitive enterprises in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina, and beyond. NCEC offers a range of outreach, instructional, and research opportunities including seminars, workshops, and conferences featuring entrepreneurship education for students and faculty. It also offers extra-curricular entrepreneurial opportunities including public forums to educate the campus and community about entrepreneurship; lectures by visiting experts to various types of entrepreneurship; and business idea competitions and programs that create diverse opportunities for growing the mindset.
The North Carolina Sales Institute (NCSI) provides word-class sales education and research. The NCSI is a coordinating mechanism that works actively to integrate the elements of credit- and non-credit teaching, as well as research focused on sales. The target audiences are undergraduate and graduate students, current or aspiring sales professionals, and organizations in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, in the Piedmont Triad Regions, the state of North Carolina, and beyond. For more information, contact Dr. Jim Boles, NCSI Director and Department Head, Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism at email@example.com or (336) 334-4413
The Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS) is a division of the Department of Educational Research Methodology (ERM) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. OAERS provides consulting services to the greater community in the areas of assessment and measurement, program evaluation, research design, and data analysis.
The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) is a catalyst for advancing the research mission of UNCG. ORI helps to enhance partnerships and interdisciplinary compliance collaborations with government, industry and other research enterprises of higher learning. ORI develops and ensures that compliance policies and educational programs promote both a culture of innovation and a culture of compliance on the UNCG campus. ORI also oversees the Institutional Review Board, which ensures that human subjects involved in research are adequately protected.
The Office of Research and Engagement is the home of the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement, and promotes excellence and continued growth in research, creative activity, community engagement, and economic development at the University while ensuring adequate research infrastructure to support excellence in research and scholarship across all disciplines.
The Research, Engagement, and Capabilities Hub of North Carolina (REACH NC) is a web portal that enables users to find experts and assets within North Carolina higher education and research institutions. REACH NC provides information on who the experts are at the individual, unit, and institutional levels; what publications are available at which institutions; who has been awarded grants and sponsored programs; who holds patents; what courses are or have been offered in specific fields; and which experts are working together (or could be!).
The SERVE Center, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is a university-based research, development, dissemination, evaluation, and technical assistance center. SERVE provides research-based information on educational initiatives happening nationally and regionally, including e-resources for educators, evaluation services, and technical assistance.
Campus Research Networks
The UNCG Atlantic World Research Network fosters campus-wide interdisciplinary research, teaching, and creative work that reflects on the peoples, cultures, and ecologies of the “Atlantic Rim”—Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The Network will lead in comprehensive, multidisciplinary Atlantic World Studies throughout the southeastern United States, and will bring together scholars in Atlantic World Studies from North America, across the Atlantic Rim, and around the world.
The Child and Family Research Network (CFRN) is a group of faculty members and researchers from the UNCG community whose scholarship and teaching reflects a core concern for the welfare of children and families. The goal of the Network is to facilitate collaboration among these faculty and other individuals interested in children and families, and to enhance scholarship, teaching, and service within the local, regional, national and international community.
The Coalition for Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) goal is to promote innovative, relevant, and collaborative work in the areas of community-engaged research, outreach and advocacy, policy work, and professional development. Specifically, the coalition proposes to design and implement research agendas responsive to identified diverse language community (DLC) needs that result in developing a coherent and comprehensive research agenda to address the educational and socio-cultural well-being of DLC individuals and groups; establishing and strengthening partnerships among diverse language community stakeholders (e. g., schools, community organizations, universities, state policy makers); building capacity for international collaboration that capitalizes on technological advances; promoting policy changes at the local, state, national, and international levels to accommodate DLCs; and advocating and engaging in outreach activities to leverage positive change for DLCs through professional development and community engagement programs for DLC stakeholders.
The Gerontology Research, Outreach, Workforce, and Teaching Hub (GROWTH) is a cooperative group consisting of UNCG faculty, research staff, and students, formed in 2007 to facilitate and support transdisciplinary aging-related research. The goals of GROWTH are to 1) facilitate transdisciplinary research working groups; 2) seek funding for future endeavors of the UNCG Gerontology Research Network; 3) provide a web presence and other communication, connecting and informing this network; 4) bring national expertise on interdisciplinary research and training in the field of aging to the UNCG campus; and 5) sponsor an annual research symposium featuring UNCG faculty and students investigating the field of aging.
Human Rights Research Network (HRRN) is committed to fostering an interdisciplinary scholarly community for faculty, as well as graduate and undergraduate students, who do human rights-based research, writing, and/or teaching. With the support of various academic departments and residential colleges, HRRN organizes UNCG’s International Human Rights Film Series each fall. The free series is open to the entire UNCG and broader Greensboro community, features discussions immediately following each film, and often includes panels and workshops on central themes. HRRN also partners with other departments and organizations on campus to highlight human rights-related speakers, films, and events and to encourage the development of human rights-based courses.
The Islamic Studies Research Network (ISRN) at UNCG is designed to promote awareness and understanding of Islamic history and culture in North Carolina and in a wider, global context through a variety of events in the Greensboro area. These include a lecture series, film screenings, and language workshops. The ISRN seeks to provide a virtual and non-virtual forum for scholars and students of Islam to connect and share ideas with each other and create new conversations across academic disciplines and fields of study.
The mission of UNCG’s university wide LGBTQ+ Education and Research Network (LEARN) is designed to advance the health, wellness, and quality of life of the LGBTQ+ population through research, education, and community engagement. LEARN is building strong and productive interdisciplinary networks of faculty, staff, and students, from across the university, and community agencies to promote scholarship, education, practice, and policy in support of this mission.
The RISE Network is a coalition of educators and researchers involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. The network provides access to STEM funding and research opportunities, promotes working partnerships, offers a monthly lunch series, and sponsors special events such as workshops and guest speakers. Network members include UNCG faculty and researchers, community educators, and grant specialists.
The Violence Prevention Network (VPN) of Guilford County is hosted by the Program to Advance Community Responses to Violence Against Women in the UNCG Center for Women’s Health and Wellness. The goals of this network are to: allow groups and individuals to share information; forge collaborative partnerships for seamless service provision; develop jointly fundable projects addressing community needs and pooling resources; overcome barriers to collaboration and information exchange among network members; and foster university-community partnerships to address interpersonal violence.