ICR was founded in 1987 as a non-profit research institute to conduct applied and action research in partnership with communities and organizations in New England and beyond. Its Founding Executive Director, Jean J. Schensul, Ph.D., an anthropologist, came to ICR with the vision of creating an organization that stresses collaborative research to transform lives, build alliances, and address root causes of health and educational disparities in the U.S. and globally. That vision has grown with the addition of an interdisciplinary and diverse staff, to become a thriving local, national and international research institute. Read more…
Our work is based upon the following key principles:
- We work in collaboration and partnership with the communities affected by the problems we want to help them solve.
- We are committed to action for social justice to address disparities and change the root causes of inequity.
- Our research methods and programs are designed to understand and nurture cultural heritage, enhance community voice, and recognize and celebrate diversity of the individuals and communities with which we work.
- We use research results to design interventions in collaboration with communities that facilitate empowerment and advocacy and recognize the full context of people’s lives.
- We are dedicated to sharing our work with communities by using accessible, culturally meaningful and arts-based ways of disseminating research results to local audiences affected by an issue.