Explore featured journal articles, books and reports, and practical toolkits that take a community-based approach. The scholarship highlighted below comes from authors within Canada and across the globe within a variety of disciplines, all practicing community-based research.
Researchers may have originally relied on face-to-face forms of human interaction to collect their data and they can no longer do so due to the mobility restrictions in place worldwide. This document offers guidance on potentially useful methods to help redesign their projects.
Youth-Led Research Toolkit
This toolkit explains the 'what', 'why' and 'how' of youth-led community-based research. This toolkit was inspired by a project led by Mercy Corps Haiti in collaboration with Centre for Community Based Research and other partners.
The Community Resource Handbook is intended for community-serving organizations including, but not limited to, community groups, not-for-profit organizations, public and private foundations, and local, provincial and federal government agencies. It is designed to help community organizations gain a practical understanding of community-engaged research and to provide a guiding framework for developing a CER project.
This website helps build the evaluation capacity of the refugee sector across Canada in order to improve
supports and outcomes for refugee newcomers. The Centre for Community Based Research and the Evaluation Capacity Network, University of Alberta lead this national initiative.
This toolkit was designed to spark conversation and growth personally, professionally, organizationally, or community wide. An objective of this toolkit is to inspire deep and substantial conversation about Indigenous people, histories, decolonization and reconciliation.
This document is intended to provide academic researchers with a foundation for conceptualizing how one or both of these communities might be engaged in their next research project in these areas.
Janzen, R. and Ochocka, J. 2020. Assessing excellence in community-based research: Lessons from research with Syrian refugee newcomers. Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement,13:1, Article ID 7037.
This article reflects on three Syrian refugee research projects that were conducted in Ontario, Canada to demonstrate tangible ways of assessing research projects which claim to be community-based, and in so doing gain a deeper understanding of how research can be a means of contributing to refugee newcomer resilience.
Tremblay, C., Nagel, R., Haupt, A., Giles, A., & McRae, N. (2020). Knowledge, Democracy and a Sustainable Future: An Institutional Impact Assessment of Community-Engaged Research and Learning. Autonomie locali e servizi sociali , 43 (1), 69-86
This article shares insights from an institutional impact assessment linked to the UN SDGs from the University of Victoria to highlight various ways impact is being measured and opportunities both for UVic and other universities wishing to pursue a similar process.
Bird-Naytowhow, K., Hatala, A., Pearl, T., Judge, A., & Sjoblom, E. (2017). Ceremonies of Relationship: Engaging Urban Indigenous Youth in Community-Based Research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods , 16 (1), 160940691770789.
This article presents experiences gained throughout the duration of a study that sought to identify the knowledge, resources, and capabilities required to support the health, resilience, and well-being of Indigenous youth within an urban Canadian context.
Journal of Knowledge-Based Development , 8 (2), 183-200.
This article addresses the question of what criteria should be used to assess quality in terms of the rigour of the research conducted as well as the outcomes and impacts of community-based research, with a focus on recent initiatives in Canada.
research–Hallmarks, functions and phases . Gateways: International Journal of Community
Research and Engagement , 7 (1), 18-33.
The purpose of this article is to summarise the theory underlying community-based research and to illustrate that theory with Canadian case examples of research studies conducted by the Centre for Community Based Research.