Are you interested in conducting Community-Based Research with Excellence?
Community-Based Research Canada offers a professional development workshop for researchers in community organizations and in academic institutions interested in community-based research approach addressing variety of community needs and issues. In this workshop you will learn how to conduct research that is community-driven, participatory and action-oriented and how to apply the Community-Based Research Excellence Tool (CBRET) in your work. CBRET is a reflective tool that assesses the quality and impact of projects when 1) planning a community-based research project; 2) shaping existing projects; and 3) evaluating proposals or past projects.

So far, five CBRET workshops have taken place in Waterloo, Hamilton, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Toronto. Workshop participants highly praised the effective facilitation and hands-on applications. They enjoyed a high-paced day with organized learnings, team-work atmosphere and the company of similarly thinking colleagues.

Read more about the workshop participant’s experience here.

What is CBRET?

CBRET was collaboratively developed as a result of the 2014 SSHRC-funded National Summit on Community-Campus Collaborative Research Indicators of Excellence held in Waterloo Ontario and tested nationally and internationally (read more). CBRET uses both quantitative and qualitative techniques to assess the quality of community-based research in a project based on three main categories: 1) research process; 2) research rigour; and 3) research impact.
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


$2,500 + travel/accommodation for two facilitators



Evaluation of Research Project

(Please contact us for a quote)

  • Workshop logistics
  • 6-hour workshop
  • Opportunity to network with other community-based researchers
  • Paper copy of CBRET
  • Paper copy of workshop slides
  • Host responsibilities
  • Live and recorded webinar
  • 5 hours of consulting time with one of CBRET’s authors
  • CBRET’s authors partner with your organization to evaluate a project or proposal


For inquires and to request our services, please contact 

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)....Read more

  • 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....Read more

  • Tanis Dagert – Community Liaison Officer, Vancouver Island University

    Tanis Dagert is a community development practitioner and educator with a Masters of Education focused on community/rural education, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Asia Pacific Studies and a B.A. in Communications & Kinesiology. She also has a variety of certificates related to non-profit management, human rights and public policy. She currently works as a Community Liaison Officer with Vancouver Island University. For the past 15 years Tanis has worked in a variety of community/ population-health related positions on Vancouver Island including: as the lead for a Health Canada diabetes prevention initiative in Nanaimo called ‘Living Well’, while serving as the Executive Director of…...Read more