In April 2020, CSBS hosted the community-centered workshop, “Behavioral Science Hackathon,” in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute. Dr. Adam Seth Levine, Assistant Professor of Government at Cornell University and president of Research4Impact, kicked off the event with a talk about the ingredients needed for a successful academic-community collaboration (click here for a video).
The hands-on workshop then led researchers and community partners through a rapid, focused collaboration in a hackathon-fashion: ready, set, collaborate.
The event garnered about 40 participants representing 12 departments, and focused on the needs of five community partners: Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club, Unit4 School District, United Way, DREAAM House, and Champaign Park District. Many of the community-centered projects focused on survey evaluations and data collection, including a community needs assessment with United Way. Another session, led by Tracy Dace of DREAAM House, focused on creating a logic model for their summer STEM program. One collaborator mentioned: “I appreciated the careful preparation done to outline the objectives of each group. I enjoyed meeting new people and working with them on a shared goal.”