Community Science helps accelerate research and discovery, and increases our understanding of the world. As we face global challenges, there are local ways for us to be engaged in issues that affect our community health, environmental health, human genetics, technology, and innovation.
Community Science creates opportunities for collaboration between scientists and community members who are curious or concerned, and motivated to make a difference. This approach allows anyone to participate in science and research, by learning about and following data collection, analysis and reporting protocols, and having fun in the process.
Test the Waters Family Exploration Kit
How can public libraries support their community to engage with and participate in research?
The NNLM All of Us Program Center’s (NAPC) programs and services can help you strengthen the capacity of your community to understand and contribute to research, including how to support community-lead research projects and educate your community about participating in research programs like All of Us.
- Learn how to Introduce community science and data literacy at your library, and participate in or lead localized, community research projects.
- Apply for an NAPC mini-programming award to host a community science event or program about All of Us in your library.
- Request a Test the Waters Family Exploration Kit to circulate in your library and educate your community about issues related to water quality and health.
- Use the NNLM Environmental Health Reading Club Kit to engage with your community through a selection of book titles and free, downloadable materials related to environmental health.
- Share research highlights from the All of Us Research Program to keep your community informed on significant advancements in research and health care.