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Leading experts in community-based research lead coaching sessions to bridge capacity in areas including:

  • Designing an evaluation framework

  • Conducting community-based research

  • Data analysis or report writing

  • Knowledge mobilization


Three interactive online 90 minute sessions to train groups/organizations on a community-based research approach and customized training in your area of choosing. In-person workshops on hold due to COVID-19.

Custom Workshop

Who Would Benefit

  • Researchers (academic or community) 

  • Reviewers of community-based projects/proposals

  • Professors or graduate students

  • Funders of community-based research projects


Up to 30 individuals can participate per session

What is CBRET?

CBRET is a reflective tool that assesses the quality and impact of projects when 1) planning a community-based research project; 2) designing existing projects; and 3) evaluating proposals or past projects. CBRET was collaboratively developed as a result of the 2014 SSHRC-funded National Summit on Community-Campus Collaborative Research Indicators of Excellence held in Waterloo Ontario and tested nationally and internationally (read more). 

What People are Saying

CBRET workshops have taken place across Canada. Workshop participants highly praised the effective facilitation, hands-on application, networking, learning about community-based research, and thought-provoking discussions. Read the workshop reports here.

Toronto, ON
Toronto, ON

Researchers, students, and practitioners at the University of Toronto

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Vancouver, BC
Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Foundation grantees at Work Centre for Dialogue at SFU

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Waterloo, ON
Waterloo, ON

CBRET launch at the University of Waterloo

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Toronto, ON
Toronto, ON

Researchers, students, and practitioners at the University of Toronto

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This tool helps to balance power among people and describes how to work well with all. This is not a math formula, it is really a new mindset for designing and conducting community-based research” 

- Workshop participant

Meet the Facilitators

Joanna Ochocka
Joanna sees research as a catalyst for social innovation, for public policy improvements, and for promoting knowledge democracy, in which local knowledge is valued in building local solutions. Driven by her passion and dedication, she promotes community-based research as a tool for equity and justice within societies. Joanna has led over 100 community-based research and knowledge mobilization activities over the last 25 years. Joanna led a National Summit on pursuing excellence in collaborative community campus research. She is a the Co-Director of the Centre for Community-Based Research, (CCBR), founding member of Community Based Research Canada (CBRC) and the Community Research Ethics Office (CREO).
Rich Janzen
Rich sees research as a tool for social innovation and change - to find new ways of bringing people who are on the edge of society to live within community as full and equal members. He is the Co-Director of the Centre for Community-Based Research and has been involved in many (over 130) community-based research and knowledge mobilization projects. This breadth of work has included multi-partner research initiatives, community mobilization, program/systems change evaluation, and needs assessment with direct policy impact. These projects have focused on a range of issues including immigrants and refugees, community mental health, disabilities, family support, and faith and justice.
Tanis is a community development practitioner and educator with a Masters of Education focused on community/rural education, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Asia Pacific Studies and a B.A. in Communications & Kinesiology. She also has a variety of certificates related to non-profit management, human rights and public policy. She currently works as a Community Liaison Officer at Vancouver Island University and  is the owner of Community Concepts Consulting.  She has over 30 years of expertise in the non-profit / non-governmental / post-secondary sectors on initiatives related to food security, health promotion, community based research, community engagement, and organizational development.
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