Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Samples

Partnerships are strongly encouraged to develop a MOU or some other type of written partnership document. Having a written document which records the agreements made by the partnership is an invaluable way to minimize disagreements and can be helpful when bringing new individuals into an established partnership. Several sample MOUs are included.

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Reviewing and Considering Research Requests from Academics

This document includes:
• examples of questions that communities can use to determine if they are interested in partnering or participating in a research requests or proposals that academic or other partners bring
• sample form for academic or other researchers to fill out to request community participation
• two sample forms for community partners reviewing research requests submitted by academic or other researchers.

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Understanding and Reviewing an IRB Application

It is important for community partners to understand the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process involved in the research project. An institutional review board is a committee that has been formally designated to approve, monitor, and review research involving humans with the aim to protect the rights and welfare of the research subjects. This document summarizes the various components of an IRB application and includes questions to consider and other relevant resources.

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Involving Youth in Research

This document raises issues and gives suggestions about involving youth in research. Shared from Youth Empowering Strategies (YES!). The document also includes link to other resources about engaging youth in research.

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CBO Research Principles and Values

This document includes three examples of research values and principles adopted by community organizations or coalitions. Developing or discussing research principles or values can help an organization or partnership document the nature of the research they would like to conduct. Principles can serve to guide the development, implementation, evaluation, dissemination of findings and subsequent actions of the partnership’s research efforts. It may be helpful for organizations to share these with potential partners to help communicate their approach.

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