CBRC is pleased to offer the Community-Based Research Excellence (CBRET) workshop and services for individual researchers, community organizations and academic institutions. CBRET was collaboratively developed as a result of the 2014 SSHRC-funded National Summit on community-based research indicators of excellence in Waterloo and tested nationally and internationally. Community organizations and academic institutions can host the CBRET workshop to help their researchers apply the CBRET tool to implement community-based research best practices in their work. 

What is CBRET?

CBRET is a reflective assessment tool for those involved in community-based research. It aims to assess the quality and impact of community-based research proposals and projects. It intends to challenge us to improve how research is done with communities.

CBRET is a tool that uses both quantitative and qualitative techniques. It has three main categories: 1) research process; 2) research rigour; and 3) research impact and can be used either individually or collectively. CBRET was designed for 1) planning a community-based research project; 2) shaping existing projects; and 3) evaluating proposals or past projects. 

Preview CBRET
Take a sneak peak inside the first seven pages of the CBRET tool below…
Sample CBRET Workshop Slides

Who Would Benefit?

individual researchers research trainees/students
research teams research funders
peer reviewers research steering committees


Bring CBRET to Your Institution or Group

Our team offers three service avenues: 1) customized workshops, 2) tailored webinars and 3) evaluations of research processes and outcomes using the CBRET framework. By participating in the any of these three avenues, researchers attending will also gain access to the CBRET tool. To ask about pricing and customizations, please contact general@communitybasedresearch.ca.

Avenue 1 – Workshop Avenue 2 – Webinar Avenue 3 – Custom Evaluated Assessment
  • Workshop attendance (public workshops as available, organization-specific workshops upon request)
  • Electronic tool (personal use only)
  • Printed copy of tool
  • Printed copy of workshop slides
  • Strengthen ties and networks across community-based researchers in your community
  • Access to pre-recorded webinar with CBRET’s authors and slides from the workshop
  • Electronic tool (personal use only)
  • 5 hours of consulting time with one of CBRET’s authors
  • CBRET’s authors partner with your organization to evaluate a project or proposal of your choosing
  • Electronic tool (for use by all team members involved in the assessment)

Meet the Trainers

  • Joanna Ochocka

    Joanna sees research as a catalyst for social innovation, for public policy improvements, and for promoting knowledge democracy, in which local knowledge is valued in building local solutions. Driven by her passion and dedication, she promotes community-based research as a tool for equity and justice within societies. Joanna has led over 100 community-based research and knowledge mobilization activities over the last 25 years. Joanna led a National Summit on pursuing excellence in collaborative community campus research. She is a the Co-Director of the Centre for Community-Based Research, (CCBR), founding member of Community Based Research Canada (CBRC) and the Community Research Ethics Office (CREO).
  • Rich Janzen

    Rich sees research as a tool for social innovation and change - to find new ways of bringing people who are on the edge of society to live within community as full and equal members. He is the Co-Director of the Centre for Community-Based Research and has been involved in many (over 130) community-based research and knowledge mobilization projects. This breadth of work has included multi-partner research initiatives, community mobilization, program/systems change evaluation, and needs assessment with direct policy impact. These projects have focused on a range of issues including immigrants and refugees, community mental health, disabilities, family support, and faith and justice.