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2007 4th Quarter
Nov 01, 2007
Greetings to Centre Friends and Colleagues...
Welcome to volume one of our new e-news bulletin! This is the first of many future communications in which you can learn about our current projects and initiatives at the Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR). You can read articles about our research findings, new developments in theory and practice, and a range of perspectives on important social issues. Our regular e-news circulation will serve as a gateway to our new website (www.communitybasedresearch.ca).
CCBR has a rich history, dating back over two and half decades and developing from the modest beginnings of a few of passionate, community-minded social researchers in Kitchener, Ontario. As 2007 comes to a close, we see a unique and still growing non-profit organization that has built a strong reputation of leadership in community based research, community mobilization, program and systems evaluation, and innovation for social change. While the Centre has seen many talented staff come and go, and while we have branched out into many different areas of focus, one thing has remained consistent - our principles and values..
CCBR believes that solutions to social problems, or "social innovation", lies in strengths of community. Our work has always placed the potential users of knowledge, especially those who experience the most disadvantages in our communities, at the forefront of our research. Stakeholder groups play an active role in setting the research questions, guiding research projects, and using knowledge in a way that can yield community benefit and empowerment. Our goal is to promote stronger communities, social equity, and quality of life through generating action oriented research knowledge that informs policy and practices in community sectors and social life.
Our areas of focus have expanded over the years, leading to a wide array of projects in:
Our projects are similarly wide ranging, from small research consultations to large multi-site national evaluations. We have formed strong partnerships and collaborations with numerous nonprofit organizations, universities and colleges, all levels of government, and philanthropic organizations. As we reflect on 25 years of this work, we continue to be excited by the future possibilities derived from new community knowledge and new ideas for social innovation.
We feel our new name, the Centre for Community Based Research, does a better job and describing what we do (for the history of our original name, click here) We also came to a realization that the sheer volume of knowledge that the Centre has produced over thee years needs a better home, a place that is easily accessible, current, searchable, and fully integrated. This past summer we begun construction of a new website. We are launching our new name and website on October 31, 2007. The new website, at www.communitybasedresearch.ca, will feature:
At any one time, CCBR is engaged in over 20 community based research projects, ranging from from small, cost-effective grassroots studies to large, long-term provincial or national projects. Our project experience traverses a wide-range of content areas, including community mental health, health promotion, disability supports, cultural diversity, family support and health, immigrant skills, family violence and abuse prevention. Our team has the educational, professional, experiential background to support many different types of projects, including process and outcome evaluation frameworks, needs assessments, epidemiological studies, community capacity building initiatives, organizational sustainability, and skills-based workshops.
In each issue of Community Basis we will profile a current project to give our readers an idea of the type of work we engage in here at CCBR.
The research is intended to have relevance for the range of cultural-linguistic diversity within multicultural Canada. This program uses a Participatory Action Research approach (PAR). Participatory action research can be defined as:
"a research approach which consists of the maximum participation of stakeholders, those whose lives are most affected by the problem under study, in the systematic collection and analysis of information for the purpose of taking action and making change" (Nelson, Ochocka, Griffen & Lord, 1998, p. 885).
Social Connectedness and Resilience: An Interview with Jack Styan of PLAN
In each volume of e-news, we present an research article, theoretical perspective, interview, opinion piece, or other written work related to the work we do and the social issues we are concerned with. In this issue, Jason Newberry, a Senior Researcher at CCBR, interviews Jack Styan, Executive Director of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), about his organization's approach to developing social networks for people with disabilities and how this approach links to the concept of resiliency.
In the most general sense, a person's "resilience" refers to their ability to survive, adapt, and thrive in spite of adverse circumstances or environments. The basic idea of resilience is familiar to us all in the many stories we have hear about the triumph of disadvantaged individuals over terrible odds to achieve success of some kind -- escaping poverty, abuse, isolation, discrimination, and many other overwhelming difficulties.
Witnessing resiliency, however, is lot easier than understanding how it is achieved. If you delve deeper, it becomes decidedly more complex. Why are some people more resilient than others? (read more....)
Formerly Centre for Research and Education in Human Services (CREHS)