CBR Canada’s Context
In April 2019 at the Community Based Research Canada (CBR Canada) annual meeting, board members identified the need for a renewed strategic plan that reflects changes in the CBR landscape across Canada and beyond since the last plan was drafted in 2014. Since this time CBR Canada was incorporated into a legal non-profit organization, and the organizing leadership (The Secretariat) has moved from the University of Victoria to the Centre for Community-Based Research (CCBR) in Waterloo. In parallel, other entities have taken shape in support of the broader push for community engagement between communities and campus and the funding landscape continues to advance a strong eco-system for community-driven research in Canada. CBR Canada has grown in both membership and in enhancing programs including a new CBR Canada website, regular webinars, active presence on social media, newsletters and capacity building workshops, development of the Community-Based Research Excellence Tool (CBRET), and has an active Board involved in subcommittee work.  

There are a number of national and international drivers of change that will have practical implications for CBR Canada in the next five years.  CBR Canada is well positioned to advocate for and demonstrate the value, impact and applicability of community-based research to address a wide range of societal issues.CBR Canada will continue advocating for an enabling policy and funding landscape that will help strengthen community-based research. We are well positioned, with active board members and a growing membership across the country, to help bridge knowledge and capacity between community and academic researchers in pursuit of societal goals.  In developing a new strategic framework, we hope to engage a diverse audience of academic, community and other influencers (i.e. funding agencies, policy-makers, philanthropic sector) to help build a road map that is inclusive and impactful for all Canadians. Through this exercise we hope to be better informed of and inspired by the different ways CBR Canada might play a role in addressing pressing societal challenges.​

Examples of national/international drivers:

  • ​In November 2019, Canada’s Tri-Council funding agencies signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), joining several other leaders around the world who are working to strengthen research excellence by ensuring equitable and impactful measures of research assessment.  Recognizing the value and societal impact of research, beyond the journal article, will have profound implications for how research is funded and the way in which researchers are assessed. 
  • The Canada Research Coordinating Committee recently released report Setting New Directions to Support Indigenous Research and Research Training in Canada 2019-2022. The 4 pillars of the strategic plan include 1) Building relationships with First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples; 2) Supporting research priorities of Indigenous Peoples; 3) Creating greater funding accessibility to granting agency programs, and 4) Championing Indigenous leadership, self-determination and capacity building in research. 
  • The decolonization of institutions is an important movement across the country, and has been propelled by the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report in 2015. 
  • The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (2015-30) calling on higher education to take a leadership role in addressing global challenges.

 Read the full context document here, including a more detailed description of national and international drivers.