CFICE’s Aligning Institutions for Community Impacts Working Group
Maeve Lydon, CCE Program Developer
David Peacock, Executive Director of Community Service-Learning, University of Alberta
Michelle Nilson, Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University
What is AICI?
Aligning Institutions for Community Impacts (AICI) is one of the five working groups in Phase II of the CFICE project. The working group focuses on shifting institutional cultures to break down the barriers and strengthen ‘Community First’ community-campus engagement (CCE) at post-secondary institutions (PSIs), community-based organizations (CBOs), and funding agencies (including governmental bodies and private foundations).
How does AICI work?
AICI has a Working Group made up of CCE Practitioners, Faculty and Civil Society Leaders from across Canada.
AICI’s Working Group is supported by Community Co-Lead Maeve Lydon, CCE Program Developer, and Academic Co-Leads Michelle Nilson, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, and David Peacock, Executive Director of Community Service-Learning in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.
AICI works on supporting partners in negotiating administrative challenges in CCE as well as augmenting and fostering equitable distribution of CCE grant funding and supports.
What is AICI’s goal?
The AICI working group plans to pilot three main projects:
- Develop and pilot, in coordination with community partners and PSI demonstration sites, a Community-First self-assessment/classification system and impact framework for the Canadian context, informed by existing tools, best practices, and other recommendations
- Establish a Canadian CCE Community of Practice and Network to connect practitioners and campus engagement initiatives and entities across Canada, to enable sharing and development of CCE best practices, research and resources.
- Convene high-level discussions among funders and university research offices to create funding policies and practices to better reflect and reward Community-First CCE.
Who is on the AICI Working Group?
Find out more about the amazing people helping us achieve our goals by clicking on their profiles below!
Aligning Institutions Working Group News, Resources, and Research
Check out the Aligning Institutions WG’s news, resources, and research below.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Engage 2017! through Canadian eyes
by David Peacock, Michelle Nilson, Peter Andrée Canadian community-campus engagement practitioners can learn a thing or two from the Brits, but we have some ideas to offer them too. On December 6-7, 2017, we (Michelle Nilson, Peter Andrée, and David Peacock) represented Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) at the National...
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
UAKN presents at AICI’s Canadian Community-Campus Engagement Roundtable Event
In the recent release of its December newsletter, the Urban Aboriginal Network shared the following news about its collaboration with CFICE's Aligning Institutions for Community Impacts working group: "The UAKN Secretariat presented at the Canadian Community Campus Engagement (CCCE) Roundtable meeting on October 26th, 2017. The strategic goals of...
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
10 Resources for building a community-engaged curriculum
by Ash Coutu, CFICE Communications Research Assistant Does the thought of including community engagement in your courses sound intimidating? Don't fret. There's no need to reinvent the wheel when there's already a wealth of resources out there waiting to be used! Our team at CFICE has combed through the internet and put together a...
Friday, March 3, 2017
Creating a Community First Classification System for CCE
by Katalin Koller, Aligning Institutions for Community Impact Working Group Research Associate At the beginning of Phase II of CFICE, the newly formed Aligning Institutions for Community Impact Working Group (AICI-WG) was tasked with investigating the co-creation of a community-first classification system for community-campus engagement (CCE) in...
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
2017 Action Planning for Canada’s National Community-Campus Engagement Movement
by Maeve Lydon, CFICE Aligning Institutions for Community Impact Community Co-Lead The year 2017 promises to be an exciting year for connecting efforts and consolidating a long-term vision and action plan for the national community-campus engagement (CCE) movement in Canada. To that end, Community First Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE)...
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Connecting CFICE and CUEXPO2017 Vancouver – Growing the Common Good in Canada –
by Maeve Lydon, CFICE Aligning Institutions for Community Impact Community Co-Lead Our Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) policy and action work over the next three years (2016-2019) will focus on strengthening both Canadian communities and the national community-campus engagement (CCE) movement in Canada. We continue to...
Friday, August 5, 2016
Indigenous Research Ethics
by Katalin Eve Koller, PhD Candidate & CFICE Aligning Institutions for Community Impact RA Indigenous Peoples share a historical memory and experience with academic research fraught with destructive power relations, structural violence, and imperial politics. Many academic disciplines contributed to the expansion of European imperialism across...
Friday, June 17, 2016
AICI Welcomes Maeve Lydon as Community Co-lead
“Research doesn’t just belong to the university.” – Maeve Lydon, May 31st The Aligning Institutions for Community Impact (AICI) Working Group is pleased to welcome Maeve Lydon as its Community Co-lead. Located in Victoria, BC, Maeve brings a wealth of experience from her recent work with Community-Based Research Canada (CBRC) and her...
Friday, May 6, 2016
Embedding Public Engagement in Higher Education in the United Kingdom
By Katalin Eve Koller, Ph.D. Candidate, and CFICE Aligning Institutions RA Community-Based Research Canada recently hosted a webinar featuring Sophie Duncan, Deputy Director of the United Kingdom National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE-UK). Sophie’s talk proved of great interest to the work of the CFICE Aligning Institutions...
Monday, March 14, 2016
We want to hear from YOU!
Have your say. Take our survey! Have you heard? CFICE is making some exciting new changes! As was proposed in our initial SSHRC application, CFICE is getting ready to transition to Phase II of our work. In order to transition smoothly, we want to hear from YOU regarding how you might want to be...