Welcome to CCRS!

Established in 1972, the Center for Community Research and Service (CCRS) is the University of Delaware’s focal point for community research, engagement and action. With two locations in the state, one in downtown Wilmington and one on the main campus in Newark, CCRS works to strengthen the capabilities of organizations and individuals working to enhance the economic, social, cultural and physical conditions of neighborhoods and communities in Delaware and beyond. The center does this by using state of the art research methods to better understand community needs and assets and by providing high quality training and technical assistance services which enhance the ability of government, nonprofit agencies, philanthropic organizations and citizens to envision and create better communities.

In pursuing this mission, CCRS carries out a variety of programs and projects, some which are local in nature, and others that are part of regional or national initiatives. For example, through CANE, the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly, CCRS supports the efforts of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers throughout the world working to reduce and prevent this serious problem. To prepare leaders interested in starting or enhancing a career in the nonprofit sector, we operate the nationally recognized Public Allies Program and the Nonprofit Management Certificate Course. Our Kids Count in Delaware program generates critically important information and policy recommendations related to the health and welfare of children and their families. Also, our Blueprint Communities initiative is working closely with citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to revitalize our older neighborhoods; our Health Services Policy Research Group studies some of the most difficult health services challenges facing our state and nation; and our Local TV News Media Project conducts research into the role that media plays in how we perceive our communities, and how it affects our understanding of what it means to be a citizen.

In addition to its several programs that benefit real people and their communities, CCRS also makes very important contributions to the education of graduate students in UD’s School of Public Policy and Administration. We share faculty with the School, and we draw graduate research assistants from the School who work on a variety of center programs. They learn by doing, and this experience greatly enhances their graduate education and better prepares them to be successful professionals, scholars and leaders.