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The Crabby Creek initiative: building and sustaining an interdisciplinary community partnership

350 210 Stroud Water Research Center

Terlecki, M., D. Dunbar, C. Nielsen, C. McGauley, L. Ratmansky, N.L. Watterson, J. Hannum, K. Seidler, E. Bongiorno, O. Owens, P. Goodman, C. Marshall, S. Gill, K. Travers, J. Jackson. 2010. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship 3(1):40–50.

http://jces.ua.edu/the-crabby-creek-initiative-building-and-sustaining-an-interdisciplinary-community-partnership/

In this article, we identify the steps and strategies that emerged through an interdisciplinary, community-based participatory research project — the Crabby Creek Initiative. The Initiative was undertaken jointly by Cabrini College faculty in biology and psychology, the Valley Creek Restoration Partnership, the Stroud Water Research Center, and local residents of this eastern Pennsylvania region. The paper examines the phases the partners have gone through and the strategies used as the building blocks of partnerships in the process of collaboration: trust, mutual design, shared implementation, joint ownership, and dissemination of knowledge, the building blocks of sustainable partnerships. Ultimately, the lessons learned have the potential to galvanize practitioners to engage not only in citizen science, but also more broadly in the practice of applied and engaged democracy.

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