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Community-Based Research Summer Institute
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Date(s) - 20/08/2018 - 22/08/2018
All Day

University of Regina - Research and Innovation Centre Lecture Theatre (RIC 119)


Community-Based Research Summer Institute

The 2018 Summer Institute will join non-profit organizations, researchers, students and community members from across Canada to develop the province’s capacity for community-based research from August 20 – 22, 2018.


The link to register can be accessed here. Please note that registration closes on July 30th, 2018 at 12 p.m. CST.

What is community-based research?

Community-based research is carried out by the university and community researchers to address a need expressed by the community. It is research with and for the community, emphasizing collaboration, acknowledging different types of knowledge, and seeking positive social change.

What will I take away from the Summer Institute?

  • You will get an understanding of what community-based research is and how the process works from partnership building, to research, to sharing your project with the public. 
  • You will have the opportunity to connect with experienced researchers and organizations who have successfully completed community-based research projects.
  • You will have the context, relationships, skills, and tools to start looking at how community-based research might benefit your organization.


During the three-day Summer Institute, expect a broad, diverse, and thorough mix of workshops, presentations, and activities. 

There will be many more sessions, but some to anticipate are:

  • “Community-Based Research 101: Partnerships, Participation and Processes” with Dr. Cindy Hanson (University of Regina)
  • “Using Research to Advocate for Community Change” with Dr. Shauna MacKinnon and Diane Roussin (Winnipeg)
  • “Community-Based Participatory Research and Asset-Based Community Development: Transformative Change in the Winnipeg North End” with Dr. Jim Silver (Winnipeg)
  • “Building Reconciliation into Poverty Reduction Efforts” with Dr. Isobel Findlay and Colleen Christopherson-Cote

Who will be at the Summer Institute?

  • Community-based researchers from across Canada
  • Non-profit organizations who have executed successful community-based research projects
  • Non-profit organizations looking to learn more about community-based research and/or participate in community-based research projects
  • Students looking to learn community-based research methodologies and become involved in engaged research projects
  • Community members who are want to learn more about community-based research

Who is the Community Research Unit?

In short, the Community Research Unit (CRU) seeks to build positive, lasting relationships between the University of Regina, the Faculty of Regina and the wider Saskatchewan community. We engage in research projects and capacity building efforts with the expressed goal of serving the community.

Types of research we conduct include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Environmental scans, action plans and reports (example: working with the Food Regina coalition, which includes local businesses, government authorities, and non-profit organizations. The goal of these projects have been to foster community food security).
  • Feasibility studies (example: Saskatchewan History is a historical magazine, which was recently discontinued. This study will explore whether it is feasible to relaunch the magazine, and to determine viable business models for its renewed success).
  • Systems and services reviews: (example: a project with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region to investigate the practice, policy, and education respecting seniors neglect). 

For a complete listing of past and current Community Research Unit projects, visit our website.

Registration includes:

    • Full, three-day access to the Institute
    • Lunches, refreshments and light snacks throughout the Institute
    • An invitation to attend our evening social on Monday, August 20.
    • Optional: for those requiring them, accommodations at the University of Regina can be booked during registration for $44 per night.

Registration (per person):

  • Non-profit organization representatives: $75
  • Students: $75
  • Sessional instructors: $75
  • Fixed income: $75
  • Faculty: $150


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