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Community of Practice

Community of practice meetings actively bring together CBRCanada members from across Canada and beyond to engage in meaningful discussions. All involved in community-based research are welcome, whether you are a researcher, peer-researcher, student, project coordinator, administrator, director, or community leader. The purpose of the community of practice is to network with others, learn from each other, and exchange best practices.  


The group meets the second Friday of every other month. Meetings are one hour, informal, and participatory. Sign up to receive re-occurring calendar invitations for the entire year. You can unsubscribe at any time and can attend as many meetings as you wish.  


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Next Community of Practice
October 13, 2023 at 12pm ET

Topic: Unruly Research


Guest Speaker: Sophia Ilyniak, York University

About: Confronting the uncomfortable relationship between the non-profit industry and social crises, Ilyniak’s article in the Radical Housing Journal looked into why Canada has not seen a reduction in homelessness despite the proliferation of research data, reports, conferences, program models and lived experience committees. This Community of Practice explores the idea of unruly research to consider ways of breaking out of the prevailing orthodoxy of social research. Do we really need more ‘evidence’ for social change to occur? How can we produce knowledge that directly supports community struggle? This is a call for researchers to shift away from make-work projects of ‘studying [insert social problem]’ and instead, commit to challenging the forces that produce it. 

“I am appreciating being part of CBRCanada’s Community of Practice. I have been able to connect with community-based research focused faculty and staff at various academic institutions across Canada. I am also learning about resources and non-academic organizations which can be used to facilitate community-based research. These connections and resources are proving to be very valuable in promoting community-based research within my own research centre.”

"I’m glad to meet new people in this field, passionate about community-based research. I felt comforted around my nervousness practicing community-based research."

- Anonymous Community of Practice participant

- Jo Ann Miller, Research Manager, Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health, University of Victoria

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