Project 1: Develop a Community-Based Research Network

What is this project about?

People with disabilities often rely on long-term support services to remain independent. Long-term support services are offered by Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Centers for Independent Living (CILs).

We know that formalized networks of community-based providers are able to improve access to and delivery of services. Creating a formalized network of AAAs and CILs, such as a community-based research network (CBRN), may help increase communication and reduce gaps in service delivery.

Project Goals

  1. Form a community-based research network in Missouri that represents urban and rural communities and serves a diverse population.
  2. Begin our first research study.
  3. Continue running research studies and make sure that CILs and AAAs are able to use the results.


In progress: the community-based research network made up of regional AAAs and CILs, the Missouri Aging and Disability Research Network (MADRN), has been formed. Learn more about the member organizations of MADRN here.