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The Community Advisors on Research Design and Strategies (CARDS) experience is a unique and exciting way to get valuable, actionable, candid feedback on how to make materials clearer, more engaging, more inclusive, and easier to read.

CARDS meetings are centered in principles of equity, inclusion, and reciprocity. We strive to facilitate dynamic and impactful interactions between CARDS and the research teams.

Since 2010, CARDS has consulted on over two hundred projects. To see sample CARDS projects, click here.

CARDS meetings currently take place on Zoom, and are accessible to research teams in any part of the country.

Who are the CARDS members?

CARDS groups are composed of community members recruited from community center programs such as senior meals, women’s groups, food pantries, and parenting programs.

CARDS members complete an orientation program and draw on their lived experiences to offer researchers actionable feedback on a wide range of project plans and materials.

CARDS members bring valuable perspectives from diverse racial, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds.

What does the CARDS service involve?
  1. Before the meeting: WINRS staff works with research teams to identify their priority questions and prepare a strategic meeting agenda.
  2. During the meeting: Researchers and/or their team members participate in the meeting, while WINRS manages all meeting logistics, facilitates CARDS sessions, and take detailed notes to capture group discussion.
  3. After the meeting: WINRS prepares and delivers detailed feedback reports, as well as revised materials based on input from CARDS.
How much does the CARDS service cost?

One CARDS meeting costs $2,300. This includes all services described above, as well as compensation for CARDS members who attend the meeting.

Researchers who schedule multiple CARDS meetings receive a discount and pay $2,000 per meeting.

WINRS also offers discounted meetings for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early-stage investigators. Please contact us for more information.

Learn more with these videos:

Researchers share how the CARDS made an impact on their research projects

Hear what CARDS have to say about the impact of their work