Community-Based Research Canada works within, and is connected to, the global context for increasing the impact and role of higher education in society and supporting research, innovation and learning, which benefits students and communities alike.
There are several global networks in community-university engagement which CBRC is closely aligned to. These include the Living Knowledge Network in Europe, the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement in the United Kingdom, Campus-Community Partnerships for Health which works in the U.S. and Canada, the Global Alliance for Community Engaged Research (GACER) - and as an extension of GACER - the new UNESCO Chair for Social Responsibility and Community Based Research in Higher Education.
Living Knowledge Network
Living Knowledge: The International Science Shop Network has inspired the CBR movement in Canada for decades from its beginnings in the 1970's in Holland.
What is a Science Shop you may ask? The European-based Living Knowledge Network (LKN), the umbrella for science shops, uses this definition: “A Science Shop provides independent participatory research support in response to concerns expressed by civil society. Science Shops use the term “science” in its broadest sense, incorporating social and human sciences, as well as natural, physical, engineering and technical sciences.” Henk Mulder is the academic co-lead of the LKN and coordinates the EU-funded PERARES Network of Science Shops in 14 European countries.
In fall 2012, Henk Mulder (Perares Project), Norbert Steinhause (Bonn Science Shop/Living Knowledge Network) and Linda Hawkins (Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship/Research Shop at UofGuelph and CBRC member) led the workshop "Science Shop/Research Shop School: A workshop to build mechanisms for community-university research engagement". Ten Canadian Univeristies and one based in the US attended along with several community foundations. Resources from the workshop are available here:
National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement
The NCCPE's mission is to support universities to increase the quanitity and quality of their public engagement activity. NCCPE's three strategic aims are:
To inspire a shift in culture by supporting universities in bringing about strategic change that embeds public engagement and by identifying, developing and disseminating evidence-informed practice;
To increase capacity for public engagement by brokering and encouraging the sharing of effective practice and by capturing learning from the beacons and beyond and sharing it widely;
To build effective partnerships to encourage partners to embed public engagement in their work by informing, influencing and interpreting policy and by raising the status of public engagement.
The University of Victoria and its Office of Community Based Research, along with Community Based Research Canada and the UNESCO Chair in CBR and Social Responsibility in Higher Education jointly hosted the Canadian visit of Paul Manners, Director, and Sophie Duncan, Deputy Director, of the NCCPE in April 2013. The NCCPE is renowned globaly for their capacity building and network development to help universities engage with the public.
Although NCCPE's work is focused throughout the UK and Ireland, they also see the mutual benefit in connecting to other global higher education networks, research, program and policy initiatives via groups such as Community-Based Research Canada, Global University Network for Innovation, and the Living Knowledge Network.
The goal of their visit was to build on and strengthen existing Canada-UK links in public engagement by exploring new opportunities for collaborative work. They had many discussions with campus, community and First Nations community-campus engagement leaders from UVic, SFU and UBC in B.C., Carleton U in Ottawa and with academic and foundation leaders, such as CIHR, NSERC, Imagine Canada, AUCC and SSHRCC. Building on a very fruitful visit, NCCPE is working with UVic and CBRC to develop a collaborative work plan focused on vision, action, research and capacity building between our two countries. This will be integrated into CBRC's plan which will be launched at CU Expo 2013.
The next Engage Conference, hosted by NCCPE, is November 27th & 28th, 2013 in Bristol, England.
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
CCPH is a non-profit organization with over 2,000 members. These individuals and organizations represent colleges and universities, community-based organizations, health care delivery systems, student service organizations, foundations and government.
- Leverage the knowledge, wisdom and experience in communities and in academic institutions to solve pressing health, social, environmental and economic challenges
- Ensure that community-driven social change is central to the work of community-academic partnerships
- Build the capacity of communities and academic institutions to engage each other in partnerships that balance power, share resources, and work towards systems change
They work to achieve these goals through knowledge mobilization, training and technical assistance, research, building coalitions, and advocating for supportive policies.
The current Executive Director, Sarena Seifer, is a founding member of Community-Based Research Canada.
Global Alliance on Community-Engaged Research
GACER was founded by representatives of universities, networks and civil society organizations at CU Expo 2008 in Victoria, B.C., Canada. A Global Networking meeting, funded by the IDRC, was held during the conference that saw representatives from 14 countries develop the Declaration of the Global Alliance, which was then endorsed by many of the 600 delegates at the conference.
The main objective of GACER "is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and information across continents and countries to enable interaction and collaboration to further the application and impact of community-based research for a sustainable just future for the people of the world." Key strategies to move the organizations' work forward are:
- Promoting the Declaration of the Global Alliance
- Building on and strengthening existing organizational and communications structures
- Creating opportunities for knowledge exchange
- Creating technology and media-assisted communications tools and in-person meeting opportunities for engagement
- Developing program initiatives, activities and events that build capacity for community-engaged research across the globe, particularly amongst emerging practitioners.
- Mapping community-engagement in research and its outcomes
- Increasing the profile of community-engaged research as a key component of evidence and knowledge-based decision making to address the social, economic and environmental challenges facing the world today.
- Influencing the policy environment amongst governments, international and national institutions and funders to strengthen support for community-engagement in research and policy development.
UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research & Social Responsibility in Higher Education
The recently created UNESCO Chair for Social Responsibility and Community Based Research in Higher Education emerged from and supports the UNESCO global lead to play "a key role in assisting countries to build knowledge societies”.
Dr. Rajesh Tandon, Founding President of the Society for Participatory Research in Asia located in New Delhi, India and Dr. Budd L Hall, Professor of Community Development at the University of Victoria in Canada serve as the first Co-Chairs.
The UNESCO Chair supports north-south and south-south partnerships and strengthens the Global Alliance for Community-Engaged Research (GACER), a network facilitated by Drs. Tandon and Hall to influence policy development and to share lessons within key regional and global spaces. Activities of the UNESCO Chair are:
- Advocacy and policy development
- Networking for capacity enhancement
- Research on institutional structures for facilitating community university research partnerships
More Global Links
Centro Boliviano de Estudios Multidisciplinarios:
Global University Network for Innovation:
International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement: researchslce.org
International Collaboration on Participatory Health Research:
International Development Reserach Centre
Pascal International Observatory:
Practice in Participation:
Society for Participatory Research in Asia:
Tufts University - The Talloires Network:
World Civic Forum: