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.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Video: Co-Creating the Future of Community-Campus Engagement in Canada
On Wednesday, June 20, 2018 CFICE celebrated the launch of a new national network and community of practice called ‘Community-Campus Engage Canada’. As part of this launch, CFICE convened a panel and webinar titled Co-Creating the Future of Community-Campus Engagement in Canada. Moderated by Peter Andree, the webinar had presenters thinking...
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Conversations with: Isabelle Kim, Director of University of Toronto’s Centre for Community Partnerships
In CFICE’s “Conversations With” series, we interview community-campus engagement (CCE) practitioners to get their insights on CCE. Interview conducted by Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications Research Assistant. This month, CFICE was happy to speak with Isabelle Kim, the Director of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Community...
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
The Benefits of Working with Post-Secondary Institutions
by Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications Research Assistant Entering into a partnership with post-secondary institutions (PSIs) can open a lot of doors for community-based organizations (CBOs), including access to certain funding opportunities, increased capacity, and the creation of new and collaborative networks with shared goals. CCE partnerships...
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Journal Article: Brokering Community-Campus Partnerships – An Analytical Framework
CFICE Academic Co-lead Charles Levkoe and Researcher Holly Stack-Cutler have recently published an academic article on a community-campus engagement brokering framework. Abstract Academic institutions and community-based organisations have increasingly recognised the value of working together to meet their different objectives and address common...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
The ABCs of CCE: Sharing Power
By Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications RA This is part three of a three-part series on the ABC’s of CCE Partnerships, where we share some of the most important things to keep in mind when engaging in a CCE Partnership. Here, we’ve identified some strategies for sharing power. This article draws from interviews and focus...
Friday, May 11, 2018
The ABCs of CCE: Sharing Resources
By Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications RA This is part two of a three-part series on the ABC’s of CCE Partnerships, where we share some of the most important things to keep in mind when engaging in a CCE Partnership. Here, we’ve identified some strategies for sharing resources in a way that empowers the community...
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
The ABCs of CCE: Sharing Responsibilities
By Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications RA This is part one of a three-part series on the ABC’s of CCE Partnerships, where we share some of the most important things to keep in mind when engaging in a CCE Partnership. Here, we’ve identified some of the main things we’ve found important to consider when taking...
Friday, May 4, 2018
CFICE Welcomes Rhonda Ferguson to the Team
Rhonda Ferguson is a postdoctoral fellow with Lakehead University and Food Secure Canada. She has been researching the relationship between agricultural trade, food security, and human rights throughout her postgraduate work. Rhonda has joined the CFICE team as part of the Community-Campus Engagement Brokering (Food Sovereignty) working group....
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Conversations With: John Marris, Trent Community Research Centre Executive Director
In CFICE’s “Conversations With” series, we interview community-campus engagement (CCE) practitioners to get their insights on CCE. Interview conducted by Erin Martel, CFICE Communications Research Assistant. This month, we hear from John Marris, Executive Director of the Trent Community Research Centre (TCRC). John brings a wealth of...
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Video: Making Connections, Building Relationships: How community and campus-based brokers facilitate community-based research opportunities for students
On Thursday April 26, 2018 CFICE, the Trent Community Research Centre and McMaster University's Office of Community Engagement co-presented Making Connections, Building Relationships: How community and campus-based brokers facilitate community-based research opportunities for students. Moderated by David Tough, the webinar had presenters John...
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Conversations With: Cathy Malcolm Edwards, Carleton University Research Facilitator
In CFICE’s “Conversations With” series, we interview community-campus engagement (CCE) practitioners to get their insights on CCE. Interview conducted by Erin Martel, CFICE Communications Research Assistant. This month, we hear from Cathy Malcolm Edwards, a research facilitator at Carleton University who focuses on social innovation. Having...
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Food Secure Canada won a government contract and your community organization can too!
by Ethan Walker, CFICE Communications Research Assistant Back in February, you may have seen the announcement that Food Secure Canada (FSC) won a government contract to coordinate a Northern Food Systems Study funded by the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). Typically, government contracts are given to academic...