How to Build a Research Shop: Workshop

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. The workshop was facilitated by Linda Hawkins (CESI), Norbert Steinhaus (Living Knowledge Network), Henk Mulder (University of Groningen), Todd Barr (Trent Community Research Centre), Lindsey Thomson (CESI), Sara Crann (CESI), and John Marris (Trent Community Research Centre).

Participants keen to build their own model to create pathways to local or regional issues took part in a full day workshop to create a structure and plan for their institution or community. Insight on how to build, run and support a thriving shop was provided by staff and student facilitators from the University of Guelph and complemented by further examples and evaluation know-how from the Living Knowledge Network, Groningen Science Shop, and Trent Community Research Centre. Special attention was given to fundamentals on institutional mechanisms, resources required, steps in brokering projects and how to engage citizens and university actors.

This workshop led participants through a series of questions to create their own vision, resource strategies and first steps, with practical and strategic considerations in either planning or revising their current work. Broad attention was given to national contexts and opportunities to adapt their own models were given throughout the day.

Some of the questions asked and answered include:

  • Why are you interested in building a new mechanism for partnered research?
  • Who are your potential stakeholders and what resources do you/they bring to building research partnerships?
  • What values, principles, and dreams will guide your decision making?
  • What are the details of your local context for community-university partnerships and current problematics and possibilities?
  • Who will do the research? Where will projects come from? Who will be results be fore? How will they be communicated? How will you address quality and impact?
  • What will happen in between specific projects? Who will hold the relationships? How will you ensure that your work is transformational for the community and not only transactional?
  • How might your efforts affect other systems and processes in your institution or community?

For more information on how to build a research shop, check out:

  • The Research Shop on the Atrium
  • Community Engaged Scholarship: Critical Junctures in Research, Practice, and Policy on the Atrium