Research Initiatives



The Research Initiative Working Group (RIWG) is an academic-community collaborative project. The project aims to build a research infrastructure to assure that research conducted in Lawrence will provide a clear benefit to the community by including community members in all research phases. The key to mutually-beneficial research is called the Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach.

In our continued efforts to streamline and maximize our efforts, and given the apparent synergy that exist between the RIWG and MassCONECT working group, both groups have merged under the Research Initiative Working Group, effective September 2012. We believe this merger will compliment and further activate awareness-raising and capacity-building research related efforts proposed by the RIWG, capitalizing on their combined expertise and ongoing historical research efforts in the city. 

Meeting Info

We meet theSecond Thursday of every other month on the second floor of the Senior Center (155 Haverhill Street). 10:00-11:30am

If you want to attend a meeting to discuss a research related question, dilemma, project, please let us know ahead of our meetings so we can make sure the right people are there. We are also available by email and conference call.


  • Robin Toof, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Sara Minsky, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Center for Community-Based Research