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.
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....
Friday, June 22, 2018
Developing a Toolkit for Community-Based Research
by Tara McWhinney, Research Assistant, CBO Tools Working Group In Phase 1 of the CFICE project a series of community campus engagement projects looked at how to improve community impacts through collaborative research projects. The need for a toolkit to help guide community organizations on the process of partnering with academics for research...
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
Key Ingredients of ‘Community First’ CCE: Shared Aspirations, Values and Goals
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 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...
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
7 steps to engagement for community-based organizations
by Ash Coutu, CFICE Communications Research Assistant, edited by Alexandra Hine, CFICE Administrative Research Assistant Have an idea for a community-campus partnership but don't know where to start to make it happen? Then this post is for you! In CFICE’s 7-step guide, you will be directed to resources that will equip you with the...