This workshop is being offered to the community through the Hamilton Community Foundation and the Office of Community Engagement at McMaster University.

Update: As our ticket categories have sold out, we have a wait list for those who would like to be contacted if additional tickets become available.  Information about additional tickets will be shared by November 9. Send an e-mail to if you would like to be included on the wait list.

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 can be used either individually or collectively.

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.

CBRET was designed for 1) planning a community-based research project; 2) shaping existing projects; and 3) evaluating proposals or past projects.

CBRET was collaboratively developed and tested over the past four years beginning with the SSHRC-funded National Summit on community-based research indicators of excellence (described in this journal article). It is now ready to be shared with others! The CBRET workshop series, organized by the Centre for Community Based Research, will be rolled out nationally this 2018.

Watch this video to learn 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. 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 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 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).