CFICE’s Community-Campus Engagement Brokering Working Group
In the CFICE context, a brokerage mechanism is an organization, person, tool, or online platform, that helps communities and campuses form partnerships.
The CCE Brokering working group identifies problems found in existing brokerage models. They offer solutions for more effective community-campus partnerships through piloting new and improved brokerage models.
By examining different brokerage models, this working group generates research on how to start and maintain community first community-campus partnerships.
The CCE Brokering working group supports the development of two community-driven pilot projects:
1. The Community-Academic Collaborative for Food Sovereignty
The Community-Academic Collaborative for Food Sovereignty (CACFS) project aims to strengthen relationships between academics and community-based practitioners working on national food policy issues through a food sovereignty lens.
These partnerships are supported through Food Secure Canada (FSC) as part of their efforts to establish a platform through which a wide range of food sovereignty stakeholders can connect and share knowledge and experiences.
Through this network, the CACFS pilot project runs activities to promote further collaboration between community-based actors and the research community. Activities may include:
- Curating and sharing videos, webinars, and briefing series on critical issues in food policy
- Developing plain language summaries of academic and community-generated research
- Hosting workshops to broker relationships between academic and community partners around specific themes
In the longer-term, CACFS aims to increase the quality and quantity of community and academic-generated knowledge and food sovereignty research partnerships across Canada.
Other researchers working on food security and food sovereignty will be invited to collaborate with the project by contributing to the overall budget and to the knowledge base in exchange for access to FSC’s civil society and policy contacts.
This project is being co-led by Amanda Wilson, Coordinator at Food Secure Canada, Diana Bronson, Executive Director of Food Secure Canada and Charles Levkoe, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, Lakehead University.
2. The Ottawa Environmental Brokerage Table
The Ottawa brokerage initiative builds off the work of CFICE Phase I partner, Ottawa Eco-Talent Network’s (OETN’s), focus on engagement with local post-secondary institutions. The OETN is a managed mentorship network whose goal is to facilitate research and knowledge mobilization that will be applied to support tangible community action on environmental sustainability in Ottawa.
The goal of the Ottawa brokerage initiative is to facilitate community-campus connections for opportunities in research, student training, volunteerism, networking and knowledge mobilization. We are engaging Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) in the Environment sector as well as local post-secondary institutions (PSIs) to share tools, lessons, and technology developed in Phase I, and develop guidance in Phase II on how community brokers can better engage and collaborate with multiple post-secondary institutions and community organizations.
One key deliverable of our Phase II work will be a Community-Campus Pathways Guide for Community-Based Organizations in the Environment sector. We appreciate your feedback and you can help by providing us with input on the following questions:
- Why do you connect with local post-secondary institutions? Research, interns, volunteer placements etc?
- How do you seek information about community-campus engagement opportunities?
- What information would you want in a pathways guide?
CCE Brokering Working Group News, Resources, and Research
Check out the CCE Brokering WG’s news, resources, and research below.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
PODCAST & STORY: When Post-Secondary Institutions are ‘Community-First’
Story by Nicole Bedford, CFICE Project Manager and Communications Coordinator and podcast by Kate Higginson, CFICE Communications Research Assistant When it comes to making community-campus engagement (CCE) more equitable, a small policy change by a college or university can make a huge difference. This was the experience of the Community First:...
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Video: Finding your CCE Champion Webinar and Resources
On Tuesday, October 2, 2018 CFICE presented Finding your CCE Champion: How to identify, establish, and grow your organization’s connections with post-secondary institutions. In this webinar, presenters from the Volunteer Action Centre in Waterloo Region (VAC) and Laurier University shared their experiences finding, initiating and building...
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Infographic & Guide: The Process of Successful Community-Campus Engagement
In partnership with CFICE, U-Links has developed a manual and the purpose of this document (Click here for the full CFICE - Campus Community Manual PDF) is to guide community organization staff as they begin to create research-oriented relationships with university faculty. The goal of these relationships is to maximize the effectiveness...
Monday, October 1, 2018
Presentation: A Database of CCE Opportunities
Over the past few months, CFICE's Community-Campus Engagement (CCE) Brokering (Ottawa) working group has been surveying the Ottawa environmental landscape as part of their efforts to develop an online database (and associated app) of community-campus engagement (CCE) opportunities in the environmental sector. These opportunities range from...
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Best Practices for Community-Campus Engagement
by Aimee Coueslan, Engagement Liaison, Rural Development Institute, Brandon University This article was first posted by Aimee Coueslan on Medium.com and is being shared with her permission on the CFICE website. In their core strategic planning, universities across Canada are now identifying community engagement as a core function of research,...
Monday, September 24, 2018
Video: Bringing the University to Rural Ontario Webinar
On August 29, 2018, CFICE partners and co-leads, Jim Blake, Stephen Hill, and research assistant Emily Amon, presented the webinar Bringing the University to Rural Ontario: Brokering Campus & Community Engagement in Haliburton. This webinar, organized by The Rural Policy Learning Commons in partnership with CFICE, U-Links, and Trent...
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
So You Want to Apply for a SSHRC Partnership Grant…The Challenges and Benefits to Having Many Partners
by Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications Research Assistant There are many things to consider in advance of preparing and submitting your application for a SSHRC Partnership Grant. This month, CFICE has taken a look back at its own SSHRC application process and we have attempted to share some of the lessons we’ve learned along the...
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
So you want to apply for a SSHRC partnership grant… How can you respectfully involve your community partners?
By Chelsea Nash, Communications Research Assistant Being 'community first' means engaging and involving community partners at all stages of the partnership, even the application process. When the CFICE team was putting together its SSHRC application several years ago, the application process presented one of the first opportunities to put the...
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
The SSHRC Partnership Grant: Project Work Plans and Budgets
by Nicole Bedford, CFICE Project Manager and Communications Coordinator You've approached the partners, discussed governance and responsibilities, and now your team is ready to develop a realistic project budget and work plan. For funders like SSHRC, the key word is feasibility. This means they are looking for work plans and associated budgets...
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
DISCUSSION PAPER: CCE Policy and Funding: The Challenge Ahead
Community-Campus Engage Canada (CCEC) is an emerging national network and community of practice focused on strengthening Canadian communities by increasing the capacity, infrastructure and impact of equitable community-campus partnerships of all types, including student experiential learning, community-engaged research, and social innovation....
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
The SSHRC Partnership Grant: Is it the right grant to support your partnership with Canadian academics?
by Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications Research Assistant Grant applications can be long and arduous processes, and can swallow a lot of your capacity and time, which is why it’s important to make sure the grant will suit your needs. Before applying for a grant like the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s (SSHRC) Partnership...
Monday, August 13, 2018
Community-Campus Engagement Funding: A Student Perspective
What is it like to receive funding to participate in community-campus engagement work? Magda Goemans and Anna Przednowek, two long-time CFICE research assistants, talk to CFICE about how continuous Community-Campus Engagement funding has impacted their experiences. Both speak to how continuous funding allowed them to immerse themselves in the...