Research and Knowledge Dissemination
The Centre strives to nurture research partnerships between Centre researchers and the community, and to support the dissemination of research outcomes to the community at large. In order to further these objectives, research programs may be supported in a variety of ways, including putting on collaborative forums; administration; publications; workshops; research seminars; and follow up initiatives to further the outcomes of research programs.
The Centre's focus is on improving the quality of community and/or organizational life. New knowledge generated will improve current practice in the local context. That is, rather than focusing on the development of generalized abstract theory, the Centre is involved in programs that express a pragmatic research-practice mix. New knowledge generated should be useable immediately by the community. As well, the Centre values the dissemination of locally produced knowledge to a larger and broader audience in order to promote the transfer of effective community practices.
Both qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods data collection and analyses within practice-oriented collaborative and joint action research, participatory action research, or participatory research methodologies are appropriate research endeavours. Simple survey research is also considered appropriate within the context of a larger research program. The Centre researcher and the community organization share joint management and use of data coming out of research partnerships. Knowledge deliverables and project outcomes may be published by CHRCS as part of its purpose to disseminate practice knowledge to a larger and broader audience.
Action Research Projects
Concordia University and the Centre are involved in a consulting project to help CHSSN develop a framework for future leaders within their community network. (2015)
Young people who are placed in group care or foster care because of neglect or abuse often have no alternative but to move out on their own when services end at age 18. AHSC professor Varda Mann-Feder has pulled together a collaborative ad hoc committee of Concordia University students and young adults formerly in care. The committee aims to create the “Youth in Care Network” in Quebec, a first in the province. (2014, ongoing)
This initiative aims to support and strengthen inter-organizational collaboration amongst 25 community organizations in order to meet community needs. A SOAR process was used to develop strategic plans for the various organizations, followed by a summit to present findings and improve cooperation in future service provision. (2013-2015)
ACDPN works with the English-speaking Black community in Montreal to ensure access to services and prevention resources. The Centre and members of the Applied Human Sciences Department are helping ACDPN to build organizational infrastructure, and to identify needs through community consultation. This project is being conducted in collaboration with multiple Black community associations. (2013, ongoing)