The Office of Community-Based Research (CBR) provides assistance to local non-profit organizations that seek consultation on various aspects of grant writing, program evaluation, and assessment activities. CBR also provides services to on-campus faculty who have or are seeking external funding.


To practice the Marianist charism by increasing the internal capacity of local San Antonio non-profit organizations to conduct culturally responsive assessments and evaluations that lead to a more healthful and just social ecology.

Previous Partnerships

  • Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG)
  • Bonham Academy
  • ChildSafe
  • Communities in Schools
  • San Antonio Botanical Garden
  • San Antonio Area Foundation
  • Catholic Charities
  • Texas Diaper Bank
  • Daily Bread
  • Family Service
  • Earn-A-Bike
  • Frontier Times Museum
  • Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
  • The ARC of San Antonio
  • Good Samaritan Community Services
  • Restore Education
  • San Antonio Council on Drug & Alcohol Awareness (SACADA)
  • SJRC Texas
  • THRU Project
  • Westside Development Corporation
  • Each One Teach One San Antonio

Conference Presentations

American Educational Research Association (2019): Community-based research: An ethical application of multicultural service-learning?

Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment Annual Conference (2019): Teaching CREMA: Essential Elements of Culturally-responsive Evaluator Education.

American Educational Research Association (2021): Ecologically plausible?: Comparing the independent and paired samples t-test with non-random missingness and skewed data.

Association for Psychological Science (2021): Effectiveness of one-way and repeated measures ANOVAs with simulated skewed data and correlated non-random missingness.

Hear from our Students


The Office of Community-Based Research is located in the AT&T Center for Information Technology, St. Mary’s University in Room #105. 

We are always looking for eager students who want to learn and support the community outside of St. Mary’s University. Email us if you’re interested in joining or have further questions!

Rick Sperling, Ph.D.
Director, Community-Based Research

Bridget Horta
Assistant, Community-Based Research

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