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Community-Based Research Certificate Course: Fundamentals and Excellence  

Would you like to gain skills in research that can transform the world for the better? Do you want to co-design equitable research that contributes to stronger, more responsive, and sustainable communities (especially for those members who are marginalized)? The Community-Based Research Certificate Course: Fundamentals and Excellence will enhance your research capacity with theory, methods, and tools for conducting research with communities. Facilitated by leaders in community-based research, this interactive 8-week synchronous course will take a deep dive into theory that guides this research approach and into practical applications of conducting community-based research. In a small-cohort, you will learn through a combination of lectures, case examples, and group discussions.


Your learnings will culminate in the opportunity to develop your own community-based research proposal, applying what you've learned to a topic you are interested in and receiving feedback from your peers and course instructors. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate from Community Based Research Canada that will recognize your learnings in community-based research and support you on your path as a community-based researcher.

Spring 2024 Cohort Now Full!

We are accepting applications for one bursary spot

until February 29th. Apply here>

Please register for the waitlist if you wish to be notified

when the Fall 2024 cohort opens.


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What you will learn: 

  • Theoretical frameworks for community-based research 

  • How to engage stakeholders and center communities in research

  • Community-based research approaches to research design and methods 

  • Ethical issues in community-based research 

  • Knowledge sharing and community mobilization for impact 

  • Planning for and assessing excellence in community-based research

Who should take this course:

  • Professionals working in government, community organizations, academia, or non-profits who use or oversee research to advance the mission and future directions of their organizations and communities

  • Graduate students, faculty, and research staff who apply or are interested in applying a community-based research approach in their research projects


  • Research background, including previous education in research design and methods

  • Interest in conducting research collaboratively with communities that aims to create societal change

  • Previous community-based research experience is not required

Course participants in past cohorts have included faculty members, post-doctoral researchers, PhD and graduate students, research office staff, and professionals within research-related positions in non-profits organizations and government.


100% of participants would recommend this course to others

“The Community-Based Research Certificate Course: Fundamentals and Excellence is invaluable for anyone interested in doing community-based research 'right.' Useful for academics and community practitioners alike, the course is well structured, led by skilled and knowledgeable instructors, and incorporates a variety of helpful readings, resources, and guest lectures. I feel more confident engaging in community-based research as a result of taking this course” - Fall 2022 course graduate

Quick Details:

  • Location: Online (Zoom) 

  • Format: Synchronous and collaborative 

  • Duration: 8 weeks 

  • Dates:  April 3rd to May 22nd, weekly classes every Wednesday from 12:30-3pm ET

  • Instructors: Joanna Ochocka and Amanda Demmer, (from CBRCanada) with special guests 

Course Outline: 

Week 1: Welcome, and Introduction to Community-Based Research 

Week 2: Overview of Community-Based Research Fundamentals and Excellence 

Week 3: Engage Stakeholders and Build Relationships (Phase 1) 

Week 4: Research Design, Methods, and Analysis Planning (Phase 2) 

Week 5: Ethical Data Gathering and Analysis (Phase 3) 

Week 6: Knowledge Mobilization in Community-Based Research (Phase 4)

Week 7: Tensions, Opportunities, & Quality in Community-Based Research

Week 8: Presentations, Reflections, and Course Closing 

Course Instructors

Joanna Ochocka
Senior Advisor, Centre for Community Based Research
CBRCanada Board Co-Chair and Treasurer

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Amanda Demmer
Researcher, Centre for Community Based Research
PhD student, Public Health Sciences
Master of Arts in Community Psychology

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Congratulations to the First Cohort Graduates!

Bonaventure Egbujie (University of Waterloo)

Gustavo Betini (University of Waterloo)

Meagan Reid (Bow Valley Immigration Partnership)

Melissa Ziraldo (University of Waterloo)

Nina Bennett (Justice Institute of British Columbia)

Reem Mulla (University of Waterloo)

Robyn Hall (MacEwan University)

Sheelagh Chadwick (Brandon University)

Melissa Ziraldo (University of Waterloo)

Sydney Sheloff (Edmonton Social Planning Council)

Congratulations to the Second Cohort Graduates!

Brenlea Farkas (University of Calgary)

Caitie Thompson (University of Toronto)

Dianna Williams (Food for Life)

Elizabeth Suen (The Department of National Defense)

Fiorella Rabuffetti (University of Ottawa)

Foluso Fagbamiye (Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

Keith Leung (Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Sandra Zelinsky (University of Calgary)

Shana Shubs (York University)

Sonja Smith (Health Quality Council of Alberta)

Stacey Silins (The Department of National Defense)

Sue Fairburn (Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

Victor Martinez (Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

Congratulations to the Third Cohort Graduates!

Mary Hartman (Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy

Ashley Hutchinson (Lambton College)

Grace Gomeshie (University of Waterloo)

Faye Labelle (Independent Consultant)

Camila Balboa (MacEwan University)

Kate Kittredge (Community Planner)

Thomas Brothers (Dalhousie University)

Carolyn Zieglar (Peer Researcher)

Padmini Roberts (Community Development Council Durham)

Niket Shukla (City of Brantford)

Glenice Deterville (Brandon University)

Anna Rodrigues (Ontario Tech University)

Helin Burkay (Government of Canada)

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