Community Engagement Studios



The Community Engagement (CE) Studio serves as a consultative session for researchers interested in getting input on their community-engaged work from a panel of stakeholders who will provide feedback to enhance the planning, design, implementation, translation, or dissemination of your research. The stakeholders (whose characteristics are defined by the researcher) can be patients, caregivers, health care providers, community members, and other non-researcher stakeholders. 

Who can apply for CE Studios?

CE Studios is available for FREE across all colleges and departments at UC Riverside including:

  • UCR Faculty
  • UCR Post-docs
  • UCR Fellows
  • UCR Graduate students

Those who are interested in receiving feedback from their population of interest on the relevance and feasibility of their research ideas please submit a request for a Community Engagement Studio.

Why a CE Studio? 

Many researchers interested in a Community Engagement (CE) Studio might not know how it can apply to their project and may mistake a Community Engagement Studio with a Community Advisory Board (CAB) or a Focus Group. The table below addresses the differences between a CE Studio, a CAB, and a Focus Group. The parameters outlined in the table are to be used as a guide to assist you in determining whether or not the type of engagement you are interested in and if it can be achieved through a Community Engagement Studio.

Community Engagement Studio
Community Advisory Board
Focus Group

Inform development, implementation, or dissemination of research

Provides ongoing community input and assistance to the research project

Qualitative data collection


Interactive discussion where the research team focuses on open listening

Interactive discussion



Community experts identified and recruited based on lived experience relevant to research project themes

Members/advisors Identified as representative of the public by the research team and community partners

Research subjects are screened and provide consent


Neutral—could be community member not affiliated with the research project and will moderate the discussion

Usually head of research team or project manager and will follow a meeting agenda

Research team member

uses pre-approved script


Coaching from research team and orientation for community experts before the studio day

Orientation for new members and agreement of structure, duties, and responsibilities related to advising the research project

IRB approval and consenting of research subjects


Community expert honorarium  

Member honorarium for attending CAB meetings

Participant incentive

Use of input

Participant comments and recommendation summarized by the CE Studio Team may help researcher interpret and apply recommendations

Feedback directly incorporated into research project though ongoing collaboration and check-ins between research team and CAB

Participant comments transcribed and qualitatively analyzed

If you have any questions, please contact Joshua Liashenko via email



“Our project benefited greatly from the input from the diverse stakeholders who were part of our Community Engagement Studio. We needed input and direction on how to redesign our study given COVID-19 setbacks and members of the studio offered our team direction and steered us on the path to success. I greatly appreciated the commitment of the academic team to organize the studio and invite community and healthcare system partners with the right expertise.”




Community Engagement Studios: An invitation to collaborate - Joshua Liashenko, Ph.D.
Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core - Mock Community Engagement Studio