Research is critical to understand the multifaceted challenges present in these communities. It allows us to determine how design has a positive impact. While the design-build process is the "creation" part of the project, our research initiatives serve as both the "evaluation" stage for built projects and as catalysts for future work. Research effectively closes the project cycle loop. Knowledge gained helps determine whether a project is performing as expected and whether adaptations need to occur, while also serving as the foundation for initiating the design of a new community resource.