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Description of objectives and activities of the University of Victoria Office of Community-Based Research

Description of objectives and activities of the University of Victoria Office of Community-Based Research


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  • 1. Putting Knowledge to Work
    • A Service Plan for the Office of Community-Based Research
    • 2010-2013
    04/01/10
  • 2. OCBR Mandate
    • The Office of Community-Based Research at the University of Victoria exists to facilitate collaborative community-university research partnerships that enhance the quality of life and the economic, environmental and social well-being of communities
    04/01/10
  • 3. Organization
    • Reports to 16 member Joint Community-University Steering- V-P, Research and CEO, United Way Victoria Co-Chairs
    • University-wide mandate
    • Director – seconded senior academic
    • Associate Director – extensive community experience
    • Administrative Coordinator
    • Part-time project and programme staff as needed
    04/01/10
  • 4. Key Networks Linkages
    • Vancouver Island Community Research Alliance
    • Community-based Research Canada
    • Global Alliance for Community Engaged Scholarship
    04/01/10
  • 5. We achieve our objectives primarily through:
    • 1. Facilitating Community-University research partnerships; and
    • 2. Providing visibility and support for faculty and students engaged in or wishing to be engaged in community-based research
    04/01/10
  • 6. 1. Facilitating Community-University Research Partnerships 04/01/10
  • 7. 1.1 Strengthening our Systems and Tools for Brokering
    • Developing a robust CBR Portal
    • Creating a brokering tracking system
    • CBR data base development
    • Community mapping tools
    04/01/10
  • 8. 1.2 Building Partnership and CBR Skills
    • CBR Workshops
    • Development of a “partnership principles” document
    • Certificate programmes
    04/01/10
  • 9. 1.3 Supporting Community-Driven Research Alliances
    • Homelessness and Housing Partnership Initiative
    • Food Security and Sustainability Initiatives
    • Aboriginal Traditional Food and Health
    • Vancouver Island Community Research Alliance
    04/01/10
  • 10. 1.4 Policy development and Networking
    • Follow-up of SSHRC Funding CU Partnerships report
    • Work with the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences and Canadian Institutes of Health Research
    • "Knowledge Commons" national summit
    • Community-Based Research Canada and the Global Alliance for Community Engaged Research
    04/01/10
  • 11. 2. Visibility and Support for UVic Faculty and Students 04/01/10
  • 12. 2.1 Increase recognition of excellence in CBR for merit and promotion
    • Revised version of "Recognizing Excellence in CBR" for tenure and promotion
    • Feasibility of creating a CBR expert review panel
    • Support working group on CBR, merit and promotion
    04/01/10
  • 13. 2.2 Support to teaching, learning and curriculum development
    • Series on Teaching CBR at the University of Victoria
    • Development of a CBR undergraduate minor
    • Advisory committees of Environmental Law Centre, Social Justice minor, Master's in Community Development and more
    04/01/10
  • 14. 2.3 Enhancing Science, Engineering and Business Engagement
    • Symposia with the Business Faculty
    • Work with the Faculty of Science on the ‘science shop’ model
    • Engagement of Engineering faculty into existing multi-sectoral research partnerships
    04/01/10
  • 15. 2.5 Mobilize funding for CBR
    • BC government initiatives
    • Federal government initiatives
    • Work with UVic Development Office on a long-term major donor campaign
    • Advice to UVic faculty on funding CBR research proposals
    04/01/10
  • 16. 2.6 Student Engagement in CBR
    • Matchmaking for students seeking community organizations for CBR internships
    • Collaboration with Knowledge Mobilization initiatives and Co-op Education and Student Services
    04/01/10
  • 17. 2.7 Support for Indigenous-Centered Research
    • Collaboration with Indigenous Faculty Caucus and Office of Indigenous Affairs
    • CANUEL CBR with Indigenous communities series
    • Support for Indigenous student research opportunities
    04/01/10
  • 18. 2.8 Publication Support for CBR scholars
    • Open access web visibility for UVic CBR scholars
    • Survey of CBR specific publishing venues
    • Increased UVic visibility in electronic journals
    04/01/10
  • 19. 2.9 Collaborative Partnerships with UVic structures: examples
    • Steering Council on Civic Engagement
    • Knowledge Mobilization Initiatives
    • Annual Conference on Research and Diversity (Provost’s Office)
    • Centre for Cooperative and Community Based Economy, Centre for Youth and Society and other research centres
    • Library
    • Cooperative Education and Student Services
    • Learning and Teaching Centre
    04/01/10
  • 20. 04/01/10 “ As members of a diverse and dynamic learning community, we challenge one another to become thoughtful, engaged citizens and leaders, prepared to contribute to the betterment of a rapidly changing global society” A Vision for the Future, University of Victoria Strategic Plan

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