Research is the systematic pursuit of new and generalizable or transferable knowledge. It is a systematic process of disciplined inquiry intended to give meaning to observed phenomena or ideas. This is done in part by putting ideas into perspective and applying knowledge to consequential problems in one’s specific area of expertise. The LDES School also recognizes equally the importance and benefits of  community-engaged research. This is an applied and basic research process that typically is responding to a community need and contributing to the faculty member’s discipline. Other outcomes include opportunities to translate findings into practice, increased research capacity built through faculty and community partnerships, and expanded grant opportunities. Community engagement can take place at all levels: local, regional, national, and/or global/international.