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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.

Registration for the Fall 2023 is now Closed

The next Cohort will be held this Spring 2024..


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What You Will Learn: 

  • Theoretical frameworks for community-based research 

  • Engagement of communities and other stakeholders in community-based research 

  • Community-based research approach, design, and methods 

  • Ethical issues in community-based research 

  • Knowledge sharing for impact 

  • Planning for and assessing excellence in community-based research


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:  October 11th to November 29th, 2023

  • 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

Gustavo Betini

Meagan Reid

Melissa Ziraldo

Nina Bennett

Reem Mulla

Robyn Hall

Sheelagh Chadwick

Melissa Ziraldo

Sydney Sheloff

Congratulations to the Second Cohort Graduates!

Brenlea Farkas

Caitie Thompson

Dianna Williams

Elizabeth Suen

Fiorella Rabuffetti

Foluso Fagbamiye

Keith Leung

Sandra Zelinsky

Shana Shubs

Sonja Smith

Stacey Silins

Sue Fairburn

Victor Martinez

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