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, January 23, 2019
A conversation about disability in the workplace
Conversations about disability in the workplace are long overdue. In this lively podcast, CFICE team members Kristina Reed, Kawsar Mohamed, and Nicole Bedford have a frank conversation about the challenges and rewards of being open to sharing, listening, and working together to make workplaces more accessible to all. Access a PDF version of the...
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
New CCEC Webinar Series: Building the Community-Campus Engagement Movement in Canada in 2019
Community-Campus Engage Canada (CCEC) presents a new webinar series: Building the Community-Campus Engagement Movement in Canada in 2019 -- An interactive Community Campus Engagement (CCE) Webinar Series offering participants community-campus and student engagement skills, resources and opportunities to connect and grow our national network. The...
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Transformations through ‘Community-First’ Engagement – New Engaged Scholar Journal Special Issue!
What happens when community-campus partnerships involving diverse communities, community-based organizations, postsecondary institutions, researchers, students, and foundations seek to put communities first in their engagement practices? This is the question that is addressed through a range of perspectives in this issue of Engaged Scholar...
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
New Year’s Resolution: Be More Community-First
by Kate Higginson, CFICE Communications Research Assistant With the holidays over and a new calendar started, most of us spend January focusing on getting back into a routine. Many of you may have come up with a traditional New Year’s resolution, like eating more veggies or cutting down on waste- and these are great...
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, 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...