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.
Friday, December 7, 2018
Video: Navigating community-campus research partnerships: Introducing a tool to help the process
On Thursday, December 7, 2018 CFICE presented Navigating community-campus research partnerships: Introducing a tool to help the process. In this webinar, presenters provided an overview of a self assessment tool, designed specifically for community organizations, that provides information and resources about community-based research with academic...
Friday, November 30, 2018
From Parliament Hill to Your Desk: Important Initiatives Making Research and CCE Accessible
by Kate Higginson, CFICE Communications Research Assistant The last time your community-campus engagement (CCE) project held a meeting, was there a push button on the meeting room door so a participant in a wheelchair could access the room? What about a sign language interpreter, or someone available to take notes for the member with...
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Video: Hear my voice: Including community voices at post-secondary institutions
On Thursday, November 22, 2018 CFICE presented Hear my voice: Including community voices at post-secondary institutions. In this webinar, presenters shared some of their experiences and strategies for bringing community voices more fully into the post-secondary sphere. The webinar touched on: How Abbey Gardens has advocated for community voices at...
Monday, November 19, 2018
How communities are using CCE to lead the fight for a Food Secure Canada
by Alexandra Zannis, CFICE Communications Volunteer Since its inception in 2001, Food Secure Canada (FSC) has been a strong voice for food security and sovereignty advancements in Canada. Through partnerships with projects like Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE), FSC has brought their advocacy game to new heights. In contrast...
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Gathering feedback on our CCE opportunities database
On October 24, 2018, CFICE Community-Campus Engagement Brokering Ottawa academic co-lead Eileen O'Connor and research assistant Leigha McCarroll attended the School of Social Innovation’s Fall Open House and Networking Event at Saint Paul University. An opportunity for community groups and organizations to connect with students and community...
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...