CESI Special Projects

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Energy Economy Research Agenda Pilot

In collaboration with Faculty Affiliates and community partners, the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute is leading the development of a community research agenda focused on the interconnections between community energy and the economy. This pilot explores ways to coordinate activities across the university to meet community research needs in a specific thematic area.

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Summary Report
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CESI Special Project
Community Engaged Teaching and Learning

The Focus on Nature Program: Summary of Insights from Children’s Photography and Academic Literature

This report highlights key findings from a research study conducted with Focus on Nature (FON) by Mark Shakespear, Undergraduate Research Assistant at the University of Guelph, with the guidance of Jeji Varghese.

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Summary Report
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CESI Special Project
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Focus on Nature

Engaged Practitioner in Residence 2016-2017

The Engaged Practitioner in Residence program creates a campus presence for a community expert, generating opportunities for them to contribute to student, faculty, staff, and community-partnered activities. Each Engaged Practitioner in Residence (EPR) brings their own knowledge and expertise to this role, allowing for maximum innovation, creativity, and reach across the University.

The 2016-2017 year of the EPR was focused on evaluation as a form of community engaged scholarship. The 2016-2017 EPR, Andrew Taylor, is a program evaluation practitioner with more than 20 years experience.  He has a particular interest in collaborative approaches to evaluation, and on the link between evaluation and community action. 

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CESI Special Project

Global Engagement Strategy

Driven by a desire to apply lessons learned at the local level to a global context, discussions around the Institute's Global Engagement Strategy began in 2013 out of the work to create a Vision for a School for Civil Society. Currently being piloted, this strategy will build on the University of Guelph's history of international research and programs, and increase the permeability between the university and global communities.

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Summary Report
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CESI Special Project

What We Know: Research and Insights on Guelph and Wellington

The Community Engaged Scholarship Institute hosted its third annual event on March 1st and 2nd, 2017 in Downtown Guelph. 'What We Know' brought together 49 posters featuring diverse research on Guelph and Wellington from community organizations, municipal staff, faculty and students. Attendees learned about feral cats, farmland loss, food waste, the wellbeing of children and more - all specific to the communities that they live, work and play in.

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Poster
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CESI Special Project

Engaged Practitioner in Residence 2015-2016

The Engaged Practitioner in Residence program creates a campus presence for a community expert, generating opportunities for them to contribute to student, faculty, staff, and community-partnered activities. Each Engaged Practitioner in Residence (EPR) brings their own knowledge and expertise to this role, allowing for maximum innovation, creativity, and reach across the University.

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CESI Special Project

Engaging with the University of Guelph

The Community Engaged Scholarship Institute hosted its second annual event on February 25, 2016. A total of 76 individuals representing 22 community organizations and groups joined us to explore the ways by which we can enhance and improve our community-university partnerships. The day consisted of two separate sessions, with the opportunity for all participants to meet and network over lunch.

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Summary Report
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CESI Special Project

Resources and Tips to Find Research and Data: Workshop for Community

The rise of open access and open data publishing has increased the amount of research and data freely available online. However, finding this information and knowing how to access it can sometimes seem impossible.

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Thematic Focus: Immigration & Refugees Projects

Starting in 2016, the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute has taken on a number research and knowledge mobilization projects to support the efforts of the Guelph-Wellington community to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for immigrants in the context of the Syrian refugee crisis. These projects are part of our commitment to provide timely and engaged research supports, and leverage the University's research expertise for community benefit.

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Knowledge Mobilization

Community Engaged Scholarship: Addressing the Complexity of the Work

On February 11th, 2015, CESI hosted a full-day event on community-engaged scholarship to explore themes of complex partnerships, research tensions, and how to structure engaged projects. Over 40 faculty, staff and students attended from various departments at the University of Guelph.

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How to Build a Research Shop: Workshop

The Community Engaged Scholarship Institute organized and hosted the workshop How to Build a Research Shop on May 26th, 2015 at Algonquin College as a pre-conference workshop to the CUExpo.

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CESI Special Project
Research Shop

Toward Common Ground

Toward Common Ground is a partnership of 12 organizations working together intentionally and strategically to respond to community needs. This Trillium-funded project builds on Guelph-Wellington's history of collaboration, providing a new structure for local health and social service agencies to work together in an integrated and coordinated way. This initiative weaves together the work of local agencies to gain a greater understanding of the gaps, needs, strengths, and change efforts in Guelph-Wellington.

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CESI Special Project
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Toward Common Ground
Toward Common Ground logo

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Protocol Evaluation Research

In 2014, Professor Mavis Morton lead a community engaged evaluation of the First Response Protocol through a community-university partnership between the Action Committee and the University of Guelph. It explored how well the First Response Protocol was working from the perspectives of service users and providers, as well as the successes and challenges of agencies in Guelph-Wellington responding to sexual assault and domestic violence.

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Summary Report
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CESI Special Project

CESI Faculty Affiliates

CESI Faculty Affiliates are the first college-level service committee to explore new and innovative strategies to move forward community-engaged learning and research. Their work extends the ability of faculty, the Institute, and CSAHS to build capacity for and conduct community-engaged scholarship. Approved by Dean's Council in 2013, Faculty Affiliates are chosen from across CSAHS. They meet as a larger committee as well as on a by-project basis, focusing on projects where they are able to apply their diverse subject matter expertise.

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CESI Special Project

Partnership with IICSI

CESI has a longstanding relationship with Dr. Ajay Heble and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI).

Most recently, CESI provided support for IICSI's successful SSHRC Partnership Grant proposal. Awarded in 2013, this 7-year, 2.5 million dollar grant involves a research team comprised of 56 scholars from 19 different institutions and partners with over 30 community-based organizations. IICSI aims to create positive social change through the meeting of improvisational arts, innovative scholarship, and collaborative action.

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CESI Special Project
Project Partner(s): 
International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation

Focus on CES at the U of G

On April 24th, 2012, the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute hosted a poster session as a part of the meetings of the Canadian University Presidents' Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada in Guelph. There were 14 posters in total, highlighting collaborative projects led by community engaged scholars, students, and community organizations. 

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Poster
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CESI Special Project

Rescuing Policy: a public policy forum seminar

On May 15, 2012, Dr. Don Lenihan, Vice President, Engagement at the Public Policy Forum ran a workshop on “Rescuing Policy: a public policy forum seminar”, hosted by the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute.

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CESI Special Project

Research Shop 2009-2012: A Celebration

On November 9th, 2012, the Research Shop celebrated the many community and university partnerships developed over the last three years!

The posters were presented at the River Run Centre, where remarks highlighting the past three years of partnerships were given by university and community members. There were 26 posters, displaying a variety of topics and partnerships. Some of these topics included:

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Poster
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CESI Special Project

The Science Shop/Research Shop School: A workshop to build mechanisms for community-university research engagement

This workshop was aimed at those interested in creating and running Science/Research Shops or other community-based research offices to link researchers with civil society research needs. The workshop was led by Science Shop directors Henk Mulder (Groningen University, The Netherlands) and Norbert Steinhaus (Bonn Science Shop, Germany), who work with Science Shops around the world, and Linda Hawkins from CESI/the Research Shop at the University of Guelph. 33 participants attended from 11 Canadian universities, 1 American university & 2 foundations. 

Author(s): 
Henk Mulder, Norbert Steinhaus, Linda Hawkins
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CESI Special Project
Research Shop

Engaging for Change

This project emerged from ongoing conversations among a number of organizations in the Guelph-Wellington region about the nature of social planning and decision-making in our current complex web of networks. These conversations led to the development of a more structured partnership, the launch of several interconnected projects, and the joint submission of a proposal for funding called “Engaging for Change: Practicing Collaboration and Planning in Guelph-Wellington”.

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CESI Special Project

Partnership Practices: Working with Community, Industry and University

Partnership practices was a poster display of 52 posters in the old Quebec Street Mall, showcasing how the University of Guelph works with government, community, and industry to apply research knowledge and address social problems.

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Poster
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CESI Special Project
Project Partner(s): 
Ontario Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs

Community Engaged Scholarship: Critical junctures in research, practice, and policy

On November 4th and 5th, 2010, the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI) co-sponsored and hosted Critical junctures in research, practice, and policy. This conference brought together national and international scholars to discuss emerging research on community-engaged scholarship and its implications for research, policy and practice. Community-engaged scholarship (CES) and community-academic partnerships have been gaining importance in higher education institutions.

Author(s): 
Lisa Wenger, Linda Hawkins, Sarena D. Seifer
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Report
Presentation
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CESI Special Project

Rewarding CES: Transforming University Policies and Practices

Rewarding CES is a self-funded partnership comprised of eight universities and an international organization working together to address university culture, policies, and practices to recognize and reward community engaged scholarship (CES).

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CESI Special Project

Survey on Faculty Community Engagement in CSAHS

In 2009, faculty members from the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences (CSAHS) at the University of Guelph were surveyed about their community-engaged activities. The survey resulted in a report which documents faculty involvement in community-engaged work and identifies important facilitators of engagement in research, teaching, and service. The report also offers ideas of successful practices which could be used to inform new initiatives intended to recognize and support community-engaged efforts.

Author(s): 
Linda Hawkins, Jaime Brown & Anne Bergen
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Report
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project