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2008 2nd Quarter
May 02, 2008
To all our Centre friends and colleagues,
Welcome to the third volume of our E-News Letter "Community Basis". We have been greeting the long awaited Spring weather with a number of exciting new projects, community engagements, educational events, and a busy social calendar. In addition to letting you know what we have been up to, we feature an article on Enhanching the Meaningful Participation of Consumers on Mental Health Agency Boards and an interview with Brian Barlett on his experiences as a community researcher at the Centre working a baseline drug user survey in Waterloo Region. Please also have a look at our featured project section, which showcases the Somali Muslim Hate Crime Summit project.
On April 18th, community-based researchers, community members, academics, and government representatives attended the official launch of The University Community Partnership for Social Action Research (UCP-SARnet) at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo. CCBR is a partner in this exciting new initiative, which uses web-based networking to link students, faculty and community practitioners locally and globally to develop, conduct, share, and mobilize research knowledge on important social issues. Its global membership continues to grow.
The morning panel session examined the local landscape of community based research and partnerships. This was in part based on a local scan (led by CCBR) of social research that was collaborative, action-oriented, and embedded in community settings. The afternoon panel focused on existing and potential global linkages for community based research. The overall theme of fostering and growing local-global connections was front and centre throughout the day.
For more information on the launch and UCP-SARnet in general we encourage you to visit the project website at http://www.igloo.org/ucpsarnet. Their upcoming newsletters will also contain details of the launch proceedings.
As we continue to pursue research in our diverse theme areas, CCBR has begun a number of new projects in the past few months. These projects include system level research examining interprofessional care in stroke and neurotrauma, evaluation of respite support for families with family members who have intellectual disabilities, research on health promotion and HIV prevention in three African countries, and a local needs assessment of homelessness and housing needs. Project descriptions are listed below:
It is part of our mandate at CCBR to not only conduct social research that is useful and actionable for community members and organizations, but to engage in knowledge dissemination and exchange. One of the many forums of doing this are academic and professional conferences. In the next few months, CCBR researchers will be representing our work at a number of different venues, nationally and internationally. Several of these are listed below:
In April, CCBR had the pleasure of hosting representatives from eleven Ontario United Ways and the National organization. The goal of the forum was to discuss three major strategies for managing for commmunity impact: setting strategic priorities, participating in collaborative initiatives, and evaluation. The discussions were fruitful and demonstrated a significant shift in United Ways' models of social development. There is now a much greater emphasis on community development and comprehensive community initiatives as a way to address the root causes of social problems. While all United Ways remain interested in funding individual programs and agencies, there is a complementary interest in building community partnerships and initiatives to prevent long-term social ills and promote healthy outcomes for families and communities. The dialogue centred on the considerable challenges of developing, sustaining and evaluating this more expansive, community-impact work. For more information on our collaborations with United Ways, please contact Andrew Taylor at CCBR.
With a diversity of new projects being developed a number of new staff have come on board. We would like to welcome Ana Bobesiu, Emily Christofides, Rachel Fayter, Sarah Lord, Lawrence Martis, and Neal Smithwick to our project teams. They will provide much need help and expertise to a number of projects, including:
WELCOME TO CCBR!
We would also like to send our best wishes and luck to Shannon Cushing, who is leaving CCBR to take a new position in Ottawa. She will be greatly missed!
At any one time, CCBR is engaged in 20-35 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, and 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.
In this issue we profile the Somali and Muslim Hate Crimes Summit project. (read more)
In each volume of e-news, we present research articles, theoretical perspectives, interviews, editorials, or other written pieces related to the work we do and the social issues we are concerned with. In this issue, Jason Newberry provides a summary of the key findings in his dissertation research "Enhancing the Meaningful Participation of Consumer Members on Mental Health Agency Boards". (go to article)
In a second article, Suzanne Field interviews Brian Barlett, a community researcher at CCBR. Brian provides his personal experiences conducting interviews with local individuals who have active experience with drug use and his perspective on the importance of having community researchers involved in this type of work. (go to article)
Formerly Centre for Research and Education in Human Services (CREHS)