We are pleased to introduce our Community-Based Research Excellence (CBRET) workshop for academic institutions and community organizations. This workshop delves into how organizations and individual researchers can apply the CBRET tool to implement community-based research best practices in their work. Only through participating in the workshop, will organizations have access to the CBRET tool.

What is CBRET?
CBET 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 Workshop and Services 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. Each of these avenues will provide 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

Rich Janzen

Rich Janzen is co-executive director of the Centre for Community Based Research and adjunct faculty at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo. 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 has been involved in 130-plus community based research projects on range of social and health issues. This breadth of work has included multi-partner research initiatives, community mobilization, program/systems change evaluation, and needs assessment with direct policy impact.


Joanna Ochocka

Joanna Ochocka is co-executive director of the Centre for Community Based Research and adjunct faculty at Social Development Studies, University of Waterloo. 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 locally and internationally. Joanna has been involved in over 200 community based research projects on social and health issues and led a National Summit on pursuing excellence in collaborative community campus research. She is a founding member of Community Based Research Canada (CBRC) and the Community Research Ethics Office (CREO).