O1 Impact study

Executive_summary_O1 (.pdf)

Final transnational report O1 (.pdf)


O2 Needs study

Executive_summary_O2 (.pdf)

Final transnational report O2 (.pdf)


O3 Training framework

VUB guide for community engaged research and learning (CERL)

This VUB guide provides general background information on the purpose and quality characteristics of Community Engaged Research and Learning (CERL) strategies. Targeted development of CERL is an iterative process from design, through preparation and execution to evaluation and back. Every step is discussed in more detail – divided in four guides. The first part introduces the CERL concept and presents general design and learning principles to put this educational approach into practice. The second one puts forward guidelines for mapping, selecting and preparing CERL partnerships, to prepare students, assignments, project and process description and the learning environment for CERL activities. The third part discusses the importance of purposefully designed reflection strategies and puts forward ethical and practical considerations in this regard. In the fourth part guidelines are presented for looking back on CERL strategies and making purposeful considerations for quality improvement. Suggestions for additional readings and design and teaching instruments are listed at the end of each section.






How to run a Science Shop project
How to run a Science Shop project

Science Shop Project Task
Science Shop Project Task

Science Shop Project Report
Science Shop Project Report


WU Handbook “Developing an Academic Consultancy Proposal”

This Handbook provides guidance to higher education students that wish to develop an academic consultancy proposal in collaboration with societal stakeholders. Students working on Community Engaged Research and Learning (CERL) can use this material when they want to create a project proposal for defining and addressing, in an academic consultancy fashion, a specific query or challenge faced by societal actors (the commissioners of the project). This Handbook includes steps for the development of a successful project proposal, including objectives of each steps, exercises, links to video clips, self-assessment guidelines, etc..

WU Handbook Developing an Academic Consultancy Proposal

ACT research study report


Case Studies on Community Based Research – Talkshow

This video describes the conceptual development of a Case Study using two concrete examples that enable multidisciplinary teams to convert problems identified by Civil Society Organizations (SCOs) into research topics. The Case Study is organized in sections: Introduction, Story (of the problem), Scientific framework, Social intervention and Theoretical/ practical implications. This structure will help other researchers to better understand the scientific details of the cases, but also the main achievements and how to overcome the problems encountered. This video aims to motivate lecturers and students to engage in collaborative work with CSOs while enhancing their action skills, situational awareness, transdisciplinary analysis and teamwork.

ENTRANCE – Case Studies
Project Based Learning

This set of videos introduces PBL as learning didactics. PBL stands for “Project Based Learning” or “Problem Based Learning”. PBL turns the context into a central square where technical and transversal skills merge. The context/central square is the crux of this learning didatics. PBL can be applied in varied situations. Its application in Community Engaged Research and Learning (CERL) is possible and desirable, it just needs to be adapted to the specific context. This set of videos is aimed at introducing PBL to lectures and students as teaching/learning didactics that can be adjusted to any context and very useful in Community Engaged Research and Learning (CERL) related projects.

1. PBL – Principles
2. Projects’ Typologies
3. Workshop
3.1 Activity 1 – PBL Requirements
3.2 Activity 2 – Theme/Problem Definition
3.3 Activity 3 – Implementation Proposal

Case Studies

Case study is a pedagogical tool whose main advantage is the ability to engage students and develop critical-thinking skills. The use of Case Studies allows linking theory and practice, as it focusses on individuals, organizations, events or phenomena, which are investigated and explored in their own context. It has also the benefit of flexibility in terms of types of research, questions that can be addressed and data collection methods. This paper aims to motivate lectures and students to use Case study in Community Engaged Research and Learning (CERL) related projects, as a methodology that allows to investigate and understand complex issues in real world settings.

Case Studies

Basics about CERL

As Community Engaged Research and Learning (CERL) gains currency as a ‘research strategy of choice’ for the community sector, and increasingly establishes itself as a credible research approach also in the academic sector, there is a need to revisit what have become the conventions of CERL and consider how these are enacted in practice. This paper aims to understand the current state-of-the art concerning CERL and from there help researchers and students to develop their work and studies on this topic.

Basics about CERL


Entrance AmazingRace

This Training Setup gives an insight into how to increase students’ knowledge and awareness of the goals of civic society organizations and their grand societal challenges. By using a digital platform for city orienteering, students visit local CSOs as teams of 4-5 students. Each CSO’s point gives the students information and a task, which teams need to complete.

Entrance AmazingRace


O4 Case studies

See p. 46 of the handbook below

O5 Handbook

ENtRANCE Handbook