The BCTR seeks to actively engage with and build the capacity of various program and practice communities around translational research (TR) issues.
In particular, the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) system represents a delivery vehicle for numerous programs serving children, youth, adults, and families throughout New York State and is one of the BCTR’s primary program and practice partners. CCE’s scope includes Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC, serving the five boroughs of New York City. The BCTR also has connections with community organizations and groups outside of CCE, and is always in search of new campus-community collaborations. The center emphasizes a bi-directional TR process in which stakeholders and end-users of research, intervention program staff, and policy makers are closely involved in the research process. High-quality evaluation, community-based participatory research, consensus conferences, and action research are conducted by and with practitioners, strengthening the TR process.
Federal and state funding agencies are increasingly requiring the use of evidence-based programs. The BCTR addresses this shift in the program and policy landscape in two major ways. First, the center develops and evaluates programs that meet funders’ criteria of being evidence-based. Second, the BCTR provides training and technical assistance to local communities and agencies in their efforts to adopt evidence-based programs. Where possible, we form partnerships with existing university-based researchers and national organizations for the purpose of disseminating evidence-based programs.