The Center helps disseminate applied research to practitioners, communities, and students. The Center offers communities the opportunity to tap into world-class research and innovation. For instance, methods of applying low-impact development have been tested through CRM-related research and applied in studios. The New England Greenway plan was developed through CRM to test theories of how to bring together land with various forms of ownership and protection into a contiguously linked recreational network with integrated ecological and cultural benefits, and to develop a method for valuing the outcomes in communities with this sort of investment in public recreation. CRM-related work has included new approaches
Currently, the Center is working on a project to help communities use strategic planning and short-term strategic planning in particular for community and organizational planning. This will be published by the American Planning Association (2024) as a Planners Advisory Service Report.