Welcome to the STARR Site Certification

The content within these pages will complement the Certification workbook. Here you will find additional links, videos, podcasts and updated information for each module. Come back often for updated information.

We understand your time is valuable. The modules offer practical ways to implement simple practices at your site that promote community involvement and foster the notion of research as a valued and respected option for individuals living with complex indications.

Certification Criteria

Each year, certified sites must meet specific criteria for re-certification. These are simple, measurable goals. For a complete list, click HERE.

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Language is recognized as one of the greatest barriers in forging partnerships with individuals and organizations across the industry and advocacy.

Stigma Reduction

Stigma is a powerful social process of devaluing people or groups based on real or perceived differences.


Advocacy in all its forms seeks to ensure that people, particularly those who are most vulnerable in society, are able to have their voice heard.

Diversity in Research

Commitment to diversity requires each of us to take an active role in promoting, supporting, and encouraging diversity throughout the research industry.

Workgroup Participation

The STARR Coalition relies on its stakeholders to identify needs within clinical research and advocacy, collaborate with fellow thought-leaders, and find innovative solutions to complex issues.

Workplace Wellness

Workplace Wellness speaks to the holistic health of your organization and will lead to increased performance, improved staff retention, and a greater sense of belonging.  Anxiety, depression, and employee burnout are at an all-time high and keeping your staff happy and healthy is more important than ever before. In this module, we’ve outlined some steps you and your staff can take to address Workplace Wellness.

Auditory Hallucination Simulation

Empathy-based training is a powerful tool to allow individuals to step into the shoes of someone who is living with a specific indication.


A strong link exists between chronic illnesses and suicide. Individuals who are diagnosed with a chronic condition have 363% higher odds of suicide.

Project RockSTARR

Project RockSTARR is a project created by the stakeholders of The STARR Coalition with the intent to give sponsors the opportunity to support local advocacy, empower volunteers to give back to their community, build relationship between local advocacy and research sites, and create goodwill among all participants.

Assessing Your Community and Site

Understanding the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats within your community can help shape the mission of your site. Creating a simple SWOT analysis will lay the foundation of community outreach and integration. Identify the assets you possess at your site and ways to deploy them to make a positive impact on your community. Invite community leaders, treatment providers, hospitals, and others to your site to better understand the work you are doing. When we are able to convey an overlap of missions between stakeholders, i.e. helping to better the lives of those in the community, trust is built and partnerships are able to flourish.