Community University Research Partnerships: Who does what, and why?
A Discussion of the Neighbourhood Change Community University Research Alliance, 2005-2010
Maureen Fair & David Hulchanski
St. Christopher House & University of Toronto
Thursday, January 13, 2011, 4:00 p.m.
A seminar sponsored by Cities Centre's Community Development Collaborative Program (CDCP) & the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work's Chow Yei Ching Chair in Housing.
Faculty of Social Work, 246 Bloor St West, Room 418
(St. George subway, Bedford exit; next to OISE)
In January 2005 St Christopher House and the University of Toronto's Cities Centre began a six-year $1 million research partnership focused on neighbourhood change in Toronto.
The research proposal they developed in 2003-04 was funded by the Community University Research Alliance program of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The research and its public dissemination continues into 2011-12 under a grant from SSHRC's Public Outreach research dissemination program.
This seminar is an opportunity to discuss how this community-university research partnership operated: how the original research objectives and specific questions were defined; the roles played by various participants; the way decisions were made; and what was learned and how it is being used and disseminated.
As the lead representative from each half of the partnership, Maureen Fair and David Hulchanski were jointly responsible for the management of the project and co-chaired the steering committee.
Maureen Fair is the Executive Director of St Christopher House, a multi-service neighbourhood centre in west central Toronto. Her 20 years' experience at St. Chris includes coordinating community development, public policy development and advocacy strategies on issues such as income security and neighbourhood change. David Hulchanski is the Associate Director for Research at the University of Toronto's Cities Centre and a Professor in the Faculty of Social Work. He was the principal investigator on the Neighbourhoods CURA. www.NeighbourhoodChange.ca