It is the mission of the Temple University Collaborative:
a) to conduct rigorous research aimed at developing practical technologies for maximizing the community participation and independent living of individuals with psychiatric disabilities; and
b) to work in partnership with all stakeholders, especially persons in recovery, to ensure that current research findings in this area are utilized in national, regional, and local behavioral health policies, supports, and practices.
To achieve our mission, the Temple University Collaborative researchers focus first on the meaning and importance of community inclusion to the lives of those with serious psychiatric disabilities. We are interested in: the degree to which community inclusion does or does not characterize the day-to-day realities for people in recovery; the barriers that make genuine community inclusion, in one domain or another, difficult to achieve; and the effective public policy, program design, and practice interventions that constitute best practices in promoting community inclusion – as well as the strategies for improving the research technologies needed to address these issues adequately.
The Temple University Collaborative research agenda also relies heavily on a collaborative research process. We seek to involve consumers and family members, researchers and policy makers, program managers and direct service practitioners, community members and academic researchers in all aspects of the research process: defining research topics, framing research methodologies appropriate to the topics, gathering reliable data, analyzing results, and translating these results into usable information, products, and policy recommendations for the field.