Community-First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) is a seven-year SSHRC-funded action research project. The goal of CFICE’s research is to strengthen Canadian communities by answering the question:
How can community campus partnerships be designed and implemented to maximize the value created for non-profit, community-based organizations?
Project work is divided into two project phases:
- Strengthen public policies and programs in critical areas (PR, CFS, CES, and VAW)
- Enhance non-profit CBOs’ abilities to form CCPs that achieve mutual goals
- Encourage universities and colleges to adopt a community first attitude when partnering with CBOs
- Create more effective and long-lasting partnership opportunities through government and foundation support
- Support pan-Canadian CCE networks
- Recruit multi-generational leaders who can design and implement more effective CCE
CFICE is co-directed by Carleton University and the Canadian Alliance for Community-Service Learning. The project operates under the guidance of a Steering Committee and Program Committee, and with the support of a Secretariat housed at the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation.
To find out more about us, read through our midterm report!