This glossary has been developed collaboratively with community and academic partners through NC TraCS CARES. The glossary is organized in three major sections: 1) Building Community, 2) Working Together, and 3) Conducting Research.
Asset Mapping a method used to inventory a community’s strengths (individual, group, or organizational) as part of a community development process. This can include social, economic, and natural resources, knowledge, skills, experiences, relationships, infrastructure, and services that improve the quality of community life.
Capacity the ability to do something.
Capacity-building strengthening the skills, competencies, and abilities of individuals, organizations, or communities to perform specific activities.
Community a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood) and often share the same interests, religion, values, race, etc.
Community-based infrastructure includes both public and privately provided facilities, services, and processes that are required for community programs, activities, and a person’s access to them.
Environmental change a physical or material change to the economic, social, or physical environment.
Informed decision-making making a choice after considering the relevant facts or best evidence that is available to you.
Mentored-cohort process a training program or course of study for a group of people that enter at the same time and receive advice, guidance, and support from more experienced scholars or experts.
Portfolio development a collection of materials organized in a meaningful way that highlights your educational and professional achievements and future goals.
Resource-generating capacity the ability to create income, services, staff, materials, knowledge, or other assets.
Workforce development an approach to economic development that includes job training and/or matching workers' skills to workforce needs in a particular region or profession.
Catalyze / Catalyzing to cause something to happen, especially in a way that involves a lot of change.
Collaborative done with or working with others for a common purpose or benefit; "a cooperative effort".
Cultivate to develop or improve by education or training; to nurture or foster the growth of a relationship for mutual gain.
Diversity including different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization.
Frame to develop or make up something such as a plan; to express something carefully in a particular way.
Inform to provide facts and information to an individual or group.
Institutionalize to establish (something, typically a practice or activity) as a policy or standard in an organization or culture, such as a university.
Integrate to bring together or incorporate parts so that they become a whole; for example, “Transportation planning should be integrated into energy policy.”
Interdisciplinary actively working together to combine or involve two or more fields of study that are usually considered different in scope.
Leverage to use something valuable to achieve a desired result or gain something; for example, “Funding from the TraCS grant can be used to leverage our request to NIH for more funding.”
Multi-disciplinary the existence of two or more fields of study that are usually considered different in scope.
Salient very important or noticeable.
Translate to explain in terms that are easier to understand.
Transparent/Transparency honest and open, not secretive; characterized by visibility or accessibility of information, often concerning business practices.
Trust confidence that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc.
Analytical framework a structure for organizing a set of ideas, tools, techniques, or other types of data to help explain a social phenomenon; 2) in public health, defined as a diagram that shows links between an intervention and intermediate outcomes, health outcomes, and other effects.
Community-engaged research research that involves connecting broad groups of people connected by neighborhoods, special interest, or other characteristics to better understand issues they have identified as affecting their well-being and that of their community.
Dissemination/disseminating/disseminate to widely spread or disperse information or intervention materials to a specific public health or clinical practice audience.
Formative research research that involves understanding the process for developing or improving a research study or existing and ongoing program; this includes the interests, behaviors, and needs of the target population.
Implementation/implement to put an intervention into action.
Intervention research research that focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of prevention and health-promotion interventions with diverse populations in a range of settings.
Logic model a chart or diagram that shows the relationship between a program’s activities and its intended effects. Logic models are tools for planning, managing, and evaluating programs.
Research infrastructure facilities, resources, and related services which enable the process of research and support high impact and quality outcomes.
Research Readiness the current capacity and willingness of an individual, group, or organization to engage in research activities.
Rubric a document that divides the assigned work into its parts, provides clear descriptions of the characteristics of the work, and describes levels of quality from excellent to poor.
Translational research research that helps to make findings from basic science useful for practical use to improve human health and well-being in a timely manner.
CE – Community Engagement
CBO Community-Based Organization