Ottawa Barr Cbr Symposium

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Presentation at the Ottawa symposium of Community-Based Research Canada, May 2009.

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Ottawa Barr Cbr Symposium

  1. 1. Questions of the day • CBR models that work • Recession to renewal: What can CBR contribute?
  2. 2. Community-Based Research
  3. 3. In other words… • Is a collaborative/inclusive, people-based enterprise between affected stakeholders (e.g. academic researchers and community members); • Considers scholarly rigour and timeliness alongside collaboration/inclusion; • Democratizes knowledge by valuing multiple sources of knowledge and promoting the use of multiple methods of discovery and dissemination; • Has the main goal of social action for the purposes of achieving social change and social and environmental justice.[1] [1] Adapted from: Strand, K., N. Marullo, et al. (2003). "Principles of Best Practice for Community-Based Research." Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning 9(3): 5-15.
  4. 4. Some Canadian off-campus approaches • Milton Park neighbourhood project (Montreal) • Centre for Community-Based Research (Kitchener-Waterloo) • UBC Learning Exchange (Vancouver) • York/TD Community Engagement Centre (Toronto)
  5. 5. York University — TD Community Engagement Centre • Opened November 2008 • “Teaching, learning and resource centre for fostering partnerships between the university and the community.” • Guided by, and accountable to, an Advisory Council of community leaders and faculty members. • Centre located in a mall in Jane-Finch area of Toronto. • Student/outsider training…“Community-based learning; hands-on; volunteer service; relevant to course curricula” • “Supporting research collaborations between community organizations and faculty members who share a commitment to building strong neighbourhoods”
  6. 6. Peterborough approach • Trent Centre for Community-Based Education: non-profit w/ board & community advisory committees • Community-Based Education Program (students) • Strategic Research Initiative (involving faculty; like CURA)
  7. 7. Recession to renewal: What can community-based research contribute? Our working model (a work in progress)
  8. 8. Addressing complex Cross-cultural communication issues (vs. complicated Multi-disciplinary approaches = Stories, knowing or simple) Relationships (they take time) & healing Strategic use of resources Community-Based Research Organization-specific •Discrete projects (single stage) •Linked projects Community- driven Multi-organizational •Multi-stage, externally funded outcomes projects (short, medium, long-term) -Essential skills (leadership) -Economic activity (job creation, Meaningful education services) -Economic 1. Telling the story -Social 2. Accountability -Environmental 3. Planning -Cultural
  9. 9. gov’t, private sector, service Complex: Aging agencies, sociology, english, workforce & psychology, enviro science, = Stories, knowing sustainability geography, math, economics… One year prep, 2-year project & healing Strategic resource use: agencies; CBE program; office of research; Strategic Research Initiative leveraging grants •GIS database and application (Grad student, ERS) Multi-organizational •Demographic statistical analysis Short: employer (4th yr Econ class) strategies Medium: research •Aging workforce & sustainability model (2yrs; Possible funding: New Long: policy Horizons for Seniors, SSHRC, -Essential skills: project change; well-being MTCU, CFDC…) management, communication Applying gender -Economic activity: Coordinator, and occupational meetings, travel, data acquisition, theory -Economic outreach 1. Telling the story -Social 2. Accountability -Environmental 3. Planning -Cultural

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