Asian American Community Research Institute

It is the first Asian American community-based research institute in the South.  Keeping true to the CPACS vision and mission, the research institute is committed to building stronger communities through quality research, dissemination of findings, and policy recommendations and implementations.  While it works with many universities, foundations, and scholars as research collaborators and partners, the Asian American Community Research Institute seeks to promote participatory research methods and community empowering outcomes.

The Asian American Community Research Institute’s main objectives are to:

  • Evaluate and develop new models for program effectiveness;
  • Train community members, both young and old, to conduct participatory research and to equip them to use the results for positive community changes;
  • Provide consultation, training, and workshops in various communities to strengthen their internal capacities;
  • Promote culturally competent approaches in programs and research;
  • Build collaborating partnerships to conduct research and to make findings accessible to the broader community;
  • Conduct community education sessions and leadership training for various communities; and
  • Disseminate best practices, needs assessments, study findings, and lessons learned through publications, presentations and various public forums.

Participatory research & Internal capacity training

  • CPACS staff internal capacity training via the HTA (Health Through Action) Grant, (2009-2011)
  • GAAPICC (Georgia Asian Pacific Islander Community Coalition) members internal capacity training and community-led needs assessment study on health care and health insurance, (2008-2009)

Program / project evaluation

On-going evaluation of programs and projects at CPACS including:

  • Sticker Shock (2014 – Present)
  • Positive Social Norm Campaign (Michael Haines) (2015-Present)
  • Hotline Services for non-English Speakers (2012-Present)
  • Youth Violence Prevention through Positive Action Curriculum (2016-Present)


  • “Communities in Contrast,” the demographic profile of Asian Pacific Islander Americans in the United States, in collaboration with the Asian American Justice Center in Washington, D.C.
  • “The Demographic Profile of the South, 2014″.
  • The evidence-based approach at the Good Neighbors (2007-2008)
  • “Invisible Newcomers: Refugees from Burma / Myanmar and Bhutan in the United States” (2014)

Community education

“Untold History: Asian Americans in the South”

  • GAAPICC “Pepper talk” (2010-2012)

Policy studies and recommendations

  • Asian American Aging Experience: Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese seniors (DeKalb County funded), 2009
  • Korean American Aging Experience (ARC funded), 2013