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The SEED Method: An Evidence-Based Method for Engaging Communities

The SEED Method is a multi-stakeholder approach to engaging communities in research, problem solving, and action planning. Developed at Virginia Commonwealth University, SEED provides a framework for collaborative research and action planning that can be scaled up or down depending on project resources and goals.

SEED Method Subgroup UPDATE!


The work of this subgroup was funded by  EUGENE WASHINGTON PCORI ENGAGEMENT AWARDS and the project grant will be ending on  November 30, 2022.

This subgroup will remain open and all SEED Method resources will still be accessible. The points of contact for this subgroup will be Dr. Emily Zimmerman and Dr. Carlin Rafie.

Here are some tips on how to stay engaged with the SEED Method and SEED Method tools:

  • Enroll in the SEED Method Online Course and Toolkit and access more than 100 SEED Method resources  - HERE
  • If you're brand new to our subgroup, we invite you to look at our "RESOURCES" section for all our available webinar, training videos, adaptable SEED Method materials, and much more.
  • If you have questions about the SEED Method, would like to receive technical assistance,  or are interesting in using the SEED Method here's how to connect with the  SEED Method PIs:

We've enjoyed seeing this subgroup grow and hope that the SEED Method and the SEED Method tools  will continue to serve your community engagement project needs!

-The SEED Method team

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