University of Michigan Gateway Ford School

Profiles of University of Michigan Faculty Experts in State and Local Policy Areas

Professor Barry N. Checkoway

Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work

Professor of Urban Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Founding Director, Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Years On UM Faculty: 20

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Regarding links between academics and policymakers, Professor Checkoway notes:

"Most of my research projects originate in collaborative partnerships with community-based organizations. I develop ongoing relationships with communities that tend to be distressed and racially segregated. Research problems and projects grow out of these emerging relationships."


Community organization, social planning, community participation and civic engagement, community- and participatory-based research with an education component.


"Youth Participation in Public Policy at the Municipal Level: A Research, Education and Outreach Project in Michigan," with George Goodman, Larry Gant and Lorraine Gutierrez. The purpose of this project is to develop knowledge of strategies for youth participation in public policy at the municipal level, with an emphasis on Michigan. Using a participatory community-based research methodology at the state, local, and cross-site levels, the researchers will identify, describe, and analyze efforts to promote youth participation in three selected Michigan municipalities. The study will examine the effects of these programs on youth and their communities; factors which facilitate and limit participation; and lessons learned from empirically-based practice. This project will also include an outreach strategy to build municipal capacity for youth participation through education and training.


Multi-cultural issues, race and ethnicity, social capital, university-community partnerships with civic agencies.

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