CFICE’s Tools for Community-First Community Campus Partnerships Working Group
Natasha Pei*, Vibrant Communities
Adje van de Sande, Associate Professor, Carleton University
Through Phase I work, the concept of the ‘broker’ was identified as a key element in successful community-campus relationships. These brokers help navigate the relationship between the academic and community partners, helping to lead research or programs that truly benefit both parties.
Based on this work, the Tools for Community-First Community Campus Partnerships (Partnership Tools) Working Group is developing a toolkit to help community-based organizations (CBOs) engage with post-secondary institutions on pressing research issues. The toolkit will provide guidance on creating deep and sustained relationships that lead to furthering the partnership’s shared goals.
For Community-Based Organizations:
- The Toolkit helps the community assess their needs. It also prompts communities to ask themselves, ‘Are we ready for a community-campus engagement project?’.
For Community Brokers:
- The Toolkit helps community brokers establish equal and mutually beneficial partnerships with academics. Partnerships are mutually beneficial when both parties can establish common goals, common timelines and processes, shared measurement, and agree on a method of continuous communication. Mutually beneficial partnerships also mean agreeing on ways to navigate ethics, assessing Return on Investment, and how to share knowledge.
The toolkit’s contents have been informed by:
- Research findings and reports through CFICE Phase I hubs
- Consultations with community members and co-leads during conferences and committee meetings
- CFICE Community Symposium
Community First Partnership Tools Working Group News, Resources, and Research
Check out the Partnership Tools 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:...
Friday, October 5, 2018
Video: Sneak preview of our Research Toolkit for Community Based Organizations
As part of the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project, Tara McWhinney, PhD Student and Research Assistant with the Centre for Studies on Poverty and Social Citizenship (CSPSC), has helped develop a Research Toolkit for Community Based Organizations (learn more about the Toolkit). Developed by the CFICE Tools Working...
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...
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,...
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...
Monday, August 27, 2018
Community-Campus Engagement Funding: A Project Manager’s Perspective
While a lot of good work can come out of community-campus partnerships, there can be many challenges encountered along the way. Some of the most difficult ones to navigate can centre around funding. Nicole Bedford, Project Manager and Communications Coordinator of the CFICE project, talks to us about some of the challenges CFICE has...
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...
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Achieving Positive Community Change through Reciprocal CSL Partnerships
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. Lynn Sutankayo is a partnership coordinator at University of Alberta's (North Campus) Community Service-Learning (CSL) unit, where she...
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Expectations and timelines when working with a post-secondary institution
by Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications Research Assistant Post-secondary institutions have specific timelines, long processes for things like ethics approval or grant applications, and generally speaking, a complex power structure that can involve some firm top-down governance. These factors can easily complicate a campus-community partnership,...
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Ontario Government Work-Integrated Learning Mandate: What does this mean for Faculty, Community, and Students?
By Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications Research Assistant Co-op placements and internships, some unpaid, have long been the only way for many university students to put what they’re learning in classrooms into practice. These opportunities provide students with the chance to do a sort of taste-test of their chosen career path before graduation....