CESI Projects

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Active Citizen Project

The Active Citizen Project leverages the research and teaching resources of the University via the Guelph Lab, linking them with initiatives at the City that engage citizens in the governance of the city – from policy making to service design/delivery and budgeting.

Product(s): 
Environmental Scan
Evaluation
Infographic
Literature Review
Policy Brief
Report
Program(s): 
Guelph Lab
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

Community Energy Plan Project

This research explored and compared community energy plans from six single-tier municipalities in Ontario including Kingston, Hamilton, Windsor, London, Peterborough, and Sault Ste. Marie. A Community Energy Plan (CEP) is a publicly available document that outlines different ways communities aim to improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions, and drive economic development (Community Energy Planning, 2018). The goals of this research were to examine initiatives being pursued through CEPs with an emphasis on the role of the municipality, and with an eye toward innovative approaches.

Author(s): 
Carla Giddings, Viktorija Arsic, Dustin Brown, Amanda Jenkins
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Our Energy Guelph

Community Needs Assessment in Experiential Learning

This project is a collaboration between the University of Guelph's Community Engaged Scholarship Institute and Student Life. In the spring 2018, a community needs assessment was conducted to support the University of Guelph's Experiential Learning Hub and the University's strategic priority to expand and enhance experiencial learning for students. The needs assessment saught to better understand community partners' needs and perspectives, and to strengthen experiential learning partnerships between community organizations and the University.

Product(s): 
Infographic
Report
Program(s): 
Community Engaged Teaching and Learning
Project Partner(s): 
University of Guelph Student Life

Current and Promising Practices for Increasing Victims' Service Use and Referrals

This report was created in response to a request by Victim Services Wellington to examine victims' service use and referrals for Victim Crisis Assistance Ontario (VCAO). The project aimed to highlight the current state of affairs with respect to victims' service use, and better understand the policies and practices that may help increase the number of people using and being offered support by VCAO. Researchers conducted a literature review and a survey of VCAO sites across Ontario.

Author(s): 
Lauren Hotchkiss, Nicole Jeffrey, Mercerina Lychek
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Victims Services Wellington

Documenting the University-Community Collaboration Between the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute and The SEED Community Food Hub

This project documents the tangible impacts outreach, evaluation, and research have had in the Guelph community where The SEED has created and piloted innovative food-based programming. The ongoing partnership between the SEED and CESI strongly supports the University of Guelph’s reputation as Canada’s food university given the breadth of topics covered, and the number of colleges and departments engaged.

Product(s): 
Video
Program(s): 
Community Engaged Teaching and Learning
Project Partner(s): 
The SEED
ICON Guelph
The SEED logo with text 'working together to share good food'

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.

Product(s): 
Project Summary
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project
Community Engaged Teaching and Learning

Engaging Youth in Cannabis Awareness Messaging

This report presents findings from a literature review of participatory approaches to engage youth in cannabis awareness messaging initiatives. Findings will be used to inform the creation of a local youth-targeted cannabis messaging initiative in the Guelph-Wellington area as well as of a toolkit for the Wellington-Guelph Drug Strategy.

Author(s): 
Taylor Anne Grills, Aarabhi Rajendiran, Alexandra Sawatzky
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy

Focus on Nature: Results of a Program Evaluation

The purpose of this project was to evaluate the impacts of a one-day nature photography workshop for students conducted by Focus on Nature. Surveys collected feedback from 154 students to assess what they learned from the program and how their participation affected their sense of connection to nature. Surveys also looked at the experience of volunteers involved in the program. The report is accompanied by a 1-page infographic summarizing the main findings of the survey.

Author(s): 
Kathleen Slemon, Marian Kelly, Emily Farrell, Karen Nelson, Lindsey Thomson, Rebecca Pereira
Product(s): 
Evaluation
Infographic
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Focus on Nature

Kiitigaan Medgwe Nishnawbe - Good Things Growing: Literature Reviews to Inform Indigenous Food Self-Determination Planning and Evaluation

This project summary offers a short description of a project undertaken by the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute in collaboration with local consulting firms. Researchers produced an annotated bibliography and a literature review for the Nishnawbe Aski Nation in order to inform community-based food system planning and evaluation processes within four remote Ontario First Nations communities.

Author(s): 
Melisa Choubak, Carla Giddings, Mary Ferguson, Emmett Ferguson, Janet Murray
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Nishnawbe Aski Nation

Peer Support Models for Harm Reduction Services

This literature review aims to generate a better understanding of current approaches and best practices for peer support models for harm reduction services. It shares guiding principles and considerations for integrating peers into harm reduction programs, and presents an overview of peer programs developed in North America, Europe, and Australia. It is hoped that findings will be used to inform the creation of a peer support program at the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy.

Author(s): 
Amber Gillespie, Biatris Lasu, Alexandra Sawatzky
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy

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.

Product(s): 
Project Summary
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project
Project Partner(s): 
Focus on Nature

Wellington Guelph Hoarding Response Report

This project was conducted to gain a better understanding of how individuals who struggle with hoarding can be better supported by local services and organizations within the Wellington-Guelph area. The Research Shop at the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute led focus groups, online surveys and consultations, and identified several barriers to accessing supports and resources. The report and the accompanying infographic summarize these findings and the recommendations made to the Wellington Guelph Hoarding Response.

Author(s): 
Jess Boulé, Keely Kavcic, Amanda Jenkins
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Wellington Guelph Hoarding Network

Yorklands Green Hub Area Survey

This community needs assessment was conducted in collaboration with the Yorklands Green Hub in the summer of 2018. A total of 131 participants were surveyed to better understand preferences and barriers in using the outdoor space purchased by Yorklands. The report is accompanied by a visual fact sheet which summarizes the main findings.

Author(s): 
Rebecca Pereira, Kimberley Goh, Kathleen Slemon, Emily Farrell
Product(s): 
Fact Sheet
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Yorklands Green Hub

Addressing Rural Youth Homelessness in Wellington County

In Canada, it is estimated that between 150,000 to 200,000 people are homeless with 20% of this homeless population between the ages of 16 and 24 (Gaetz et al., 2013). In partnership with the Rural Youth Homelessness Committee of Wellington County in Southern Ontario, the aim of this literature review is to help address issues surrounding rural youth homelessness in Wellington County.

Author(s): 
Amanda Jenkins, Amanda Amaral
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
North Wellington Coalition for Youth Resiliency

Adult Criminal Justice in Canada

This infographic was developed for Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington, and the Canadian Families and Corrections Network. It represents the typical journey of an adult offender when going through the Canadian criminal justice system. It then compares this journey to the process followed when guiding an adult offender through restorative justice and compares costs and outcomes of each process. It concludes that restorative justice is more than six times more cost-effective than traditional criminal justice.

Author(s): 
Nicole Jeffrey, Alexandra Therien, Bali Venus
Product(s): 
Infographic
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington
Canadian Families and Corrections Network

Affordable Housing for Older Adults

These fact sheets were created to support the City of Guelph Older Adult Strategy. They consolidate key points from existing literature around affordable housing in Guelph as well as alternative housing options. They are intended as positioning documents to encourage the City of Guelph to further investigate age-friendly alternatives.

Author(s): 
Mercerina Lychek, Jacqueline On, Johannah Thumb
Product(s): 
Fact Sheet
Project Summary
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

Assessing Corporate Energy Communities of Practice in Ontario

This research was conducted to assess the value and overall effectiveness of the Ontario Municipal Energy Managers Community of Practice, founded by the City of Guelph. The report summarizes the results of surveys and interviews conducted with members of this community of practice in order to better understand ways in which this group could be improved and expanded in the future.

Author(s): 
Amy DeLorenzo, Alex Sawatzky, Amanda Jenkins
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

Behaviour Change and Diffusion of Innovation

This report was completed for Farm and Food Care Canada. It analyses six case studies from various initiatives in order to better understand what facilitates the diffusion of innovation and pro-environmental behaviours. Doing so, this report also identifies predictors of behaviour change and popular theories of behaviour change and discusses general trends and potential obstacles for organizations trying to promote environmentally friendly behaviour.

Author(s): 
Alexandra Therien, Kathleen Slemon, Andrea LaMarre
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Farm and Food Care Canada

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. 

Product(s): 
Project Summary
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project

Exploring Municipal Innovation for the 2017 Municipal Innovators Community (MiC) Conference

The MiC conference organizers and the Guelph Lab partnered with the Research Shop to prepare materials for the conference that would be used to enable attendees to see themselves as “innovators,” and encourage discussion among attendees surrounding their respective experiences with and perspectives on innovation. The community partners identified a need for conference attendees from diverse professional backgrounds to be able to identify different kinds of innovation in order to recognize their work as innovative. 

Author(s): 
Taylor-Ann Grills, Kathleen Slemon, Alex Sawatzky
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Guelph Lab
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph
Collaborate.Create.Accelerate. MiC logo.

Fresh Convenience Stores: Making Produce Affordable and Accessible

This report presents findings from a literature review of programs in North America that provide fresh produce in convenience stores. More specifically, this review sought to identify programs that utilized convenience stores as a channel through which to provide fresh produce and healthier food options at more accessible and affordable prices in lower-income neighbourhoods that were situated within food deserts. The main goal of this report was to contribute to the development and expansion of food access programming led by The SEED, a community food project based out of Guelph, Ontario.

Author(s): 
Biatris Lasu, Alex Sawatzky
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
The SEED

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.

Product(s): 
Project Summary
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project

Mobile Food Market Needs Assessment

This report was developed for the Guelph Community Health Centre. The needs assessment looks at addressing food insecurity in the Grange Hill East neighbourhood of Guelph through a mobile food market. There is evidence that mobile food markets have been successful in increasing food access, particularly fruit and vegetable intake. Most participants of this community-based research project indicated at least some interest in attending a mobile food market. There were clear findings with respect to participants' preferences for the form and function of the mobile food market. 

Author(s): 
Nicole Jeffrey, Tara Sutton
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
The SEED
Guelph Community Health Centre

Mobilizing Knowledge from the 2016 Guelph-Wellington Immigrant Survey

These three highlight sheets were created in order to help the Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership mobilize the findings and recommendations from its 2016 Immigrant survey report. They present key data on immigrants' 1) basic needs and belonging, 2) employment, education and training, and 3) access to services. The Local Immigration Partnership is using these visual summaries both as hand-outs and large-scale posters in order to share highlights from the report with a variety of stakeholders.

Author(s): 
Caroline Duvieusart-Dery, Mercerina Lychek, Jacqueline On, Kathleen Slemon
Product(s): 
Fact Sheet
Project Summary
Program(s): 
Knowledge Mobilization
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership

Needs Assessment of the Rural Seniors Population of East Wellington

This report presents the results of a needs assessment conducted in partnership with the East Wellington Community Services and the Rural Seniors Advisory Group. The main objective of the project was to understand the needs of older adults (50+) in East Wellington in order to inform future service improvements and allocation of funds received by the Ontario Seniors' Secretariat in the region. A survey was conducted to assess respondents' participation in activities such as social activities, volunteering, health and wellness, support groups and educational activities.

Author(s): 
Jayme Marrotte, Amanda Matheson, Oriana Vaccarino
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
East Wellington Community Services

Sharing Economy Toolkit

How can municipalities balance innovation, policy goals and citizen protection when faced with the growing popularity of companies like Uber or Airbnb? How can we best understand and respond to this new model of a sharing economy? To help answer these questions, the GuelphLab helped develop a Sharing Economy Toolkit.

Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Guelph Lab
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

Toward Common Ground: Metadata Document

This summary provides an overview of a project conducted for the Toward Common Ground collaboration as part of a broader effort to identify indicators and measures of wellbeing for individuals in Guelph and Wellington. The Research Shop researched key indicators of wellbeing and compiled the results in a single document serving as a comprehensive source of data on measures of wellbeing in our community.

Author(s): 
Amanda Amaral, Marian Kelly, Sarah Haanstra, Samantha Blostein, Karen Nelson
Product(s): 
Project Summary
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Toward Common Ground

Women and Politics: Overcoming Barriers to Participation in Leadership

This project was conducted in partnership with the Guelph Chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women. It was conducted to inform the Federation's programs to support women in Guelph-Wellington in seeking public leadership roles and running for political office. The report builds on a literature review produced by the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph. It shares findings from 16 interviews and 3 focus groups looking at obstacles and motivations for the participation of women in politics, as well as possible solutions and supports.

Author(s): 
Yuriko Cowper-Smith, Anna Kopec, Tara Sutton
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Canadian Federation of University Women

Youth Criminal Justice in Canada

This infographic was developed for Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington, and the Canadian Families and Corrections Network. It represents the typical journey of a youth offender (aged 12-17) when going through the Canadian criminal justice system. It then compares this journey to the process followed when guiding youth offender through restorative justice and compares costs and outcomes of each process. It concludes that restorative justice is more than six times more cost-effective than traditional criminal justice.

Author(s): 
Nicole Jeffrey, Alexandra Therien, Bali Venus
Product(s): 
Infographic
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington
Canadian Families and Corrections Network

Assessing the Potential for Collaboration Between The Seed and Wellington Farmers to Increase Access to Fruits and Vegetables Among Priority Populations

This report details the findings of informational surveys conducted with farmers in Wellington County to explore the potential for enhanced collaboration between food producers and emergency food providers. Specifically, the research aimed to determine how farmer support can help alleviate concerns from emergency food providers and, conversely, to see how a cold storage facility such as that developed by The Seed might be able to support farmers. Findings, organized into seven areas of collaboration, will inform the creation of an operational, business and sustainability plan for The Seed's cold storage and distribution center.

Author(s): 
Carly Fraser, Thomas Armitage
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
The SEED

Big Data and Smart Cities

The GuelphLab hosted 25 City of Guelph staff for discussions with Kurtis McBride, CEO of Miovision, a smart city technology company, and Dr. Rozita Dara, School of Computer Science, University of Guelph, about the possibilities and challenges of “Smart Cities.”

Program(s): 
Guelph Lab
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

Community Justice Initiatives Guelph-Wellington Mediation Report

This report summarizes the findings from a needs assessment conducted for Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) of Waterloo Region, a non-profit organization offering restorative justice services. Through a focus group and individual interviews with members of various sectors, organizations and businesses, researchers collected information about the need for mediation services in Guelph-Wellington. The report also discusses possible obstacles to the implementation of such a service. 

Author(s): 
Amanda Jenkins, Taylor-Anne Grills
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Community Justice Initiatives

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.

Program(s): 
CESI Special Project

Evaluation of Existing Peer Parenting Programs

This report reviews and compares five "peer parenting" models in place in Canada, focusing on their goals, strengths, limitations, resources, and approaches to volunteer training. It was produced to support the development of a volunteer peer parenting program by the Early Years program at the Guelph Community Health Centre.

Author(s): 
Carl Asuncion, Carly Fraser
Product(s): 
Environmental Scan
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph Community Health Centre

Food & Friends Student Nutrition Program: Baseline Evaluation Findings

This report was prepared for the Children's Foundation of Guelph and Wellington's Food & Friends Program. It shares the findings from an evaluation of student nutrition programs in Guelph, Wellington and Dufferin, which will be used to inform, support, and enhance programming moving forward. Specifically, it reports on interviews and surveys which examined the opinions and experiences of students using these programs, as well as of program coordinators, in order to better understand the value and benefits of universal nutrition programs.

Author(s): 
Amanda Jenkins, Angela Underhill, Jayme Marrotte
Product(s): 
Evaluation
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph-Wellington Children’s Foundation, Food & Friends

Guelph-Wellington Taskforce for Poverty Elimination: Avenues for Creating an ID Bank

This report was prepared for the Guelph-Wellington Poverty Taskforce to inform the creation of an ID Bank for homeless and vulnerable clients. It summarizes information gathered through interviews with with four ID banks in Ontario and provides an overview of the monetary, operational and logistical requirements needed to initiate and maintain an ID Bank.

Author(s): 
Anna Kopec, Yuriko Cowper-Smith
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph and Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination

Maximizing Online Fundraising Potentials

This report explores practices and strategies that are used to design websites and social media marketing approaches for the purposes of fundraising. It reviews the literature on the subject to understand what brings individuals to donate, and identifies best practices for engaging donors and sharing success stories. It was prepared to inform decisions at St. Joseph's Health Centre in Guelph with respect to the design of fundraising websites and social media marketing approaches.

Author(s): 
Curtis Nash, Oriana Vaccarino
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
St. Joseph's Health Centre

Out on the Shelf: Community Needs Assessment Data Summary

This report provides key findings from an online survey seeking to better understand the needs of the LGBTQ+ community of Guelph-Wellington. It was conducted as a component of a larger collaborative project at the University of Guelph involving the Research Shop, Out of the Shelf, and the Centre for Business and Student Entreprise (CBaSE).

Author(s): 
Yuiko Cowper-Smith, Anna Kopec
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Out on the Shelf

Out on the Shelf: Strategies for Rebuilding and Reconnecting

This report explores the ways in which not-for-profit organizations serving the LGBTQ+ community deliver their services and programming, meet the needs of the community, and adapt to change and difficulties. It summarizes the findings from informational interviews with six not-for-profits across Canada in order to inform the decision-making processes of the Guelph-based organization Out on the Shelf as they undergo organizational restructuring.

Author(s): 
Anna Kopec, Yuriko Cowper-Smith
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Out on the Shelf

Program Sustainability Practices: Review for the North Wellington Coalition for Youth Resiliency

This report was produced to help inform the sustainability planning of the North Wellington Coalition for Youth Resiliency over the long-term. It reviews the academic and grey literature regarding program sustainability practices, and shares some real-world examples of strategies that have been used to enhance the sustainability of programs. Finally, it provides some recommendations on which strategies may be most suited or useful for the Coalition, given its mandate and context.

Author(s): 
Alexandra Therien, Nicole Jeffrey
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
North Wellington Coalition for Youth Resiliency

Resource Guide: Fact Sheets on Learning Disabilities

This series of five fact sheets on learning disabilities was produced in collaboration with the United Way of Guelph Wellington Dufferin and the Learning Disabilities Association of Wellington County. It seeks to provide information on common learning disabilities, including dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia, as well as tips on how to help students who experience those challenges.

Author(s): 
Venus Bali, Andrea LaMarre
Product(s): 
Fact Sheet
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Learning Disabilities Association of Wellington County
United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin

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.

Product(s): 
Project Summary
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project

Toward Common Ground: Summaries of Projects from 2015-2016

These three project summaries describe some of the research work undertaken to support the Toward Common Ground initiative over 2015-16.

Product(s): 
Project Summary
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Toward Common Ground

A Review of Reports from Local Immigration Partnerships on Immigrant Settlement and Integration

This report is the product of a scan of strategic plans and reports on immigrant settlement and integration produced by other Local Immigration Partnerships (LIP). Created for the Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership Research Team, it highlights common priority areas and key performance indicators used by other LIPs in Ontario.

Author(s): 
Kim Chuong, Faria Rashid
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership

An Overview of Food Strategies from Select Canadian Regions: Informing the Guelph-Wellington Food Strategy Initiative

This report explores the contexts and emergent themes of food strategies that have been developed or are being developed in Canada, and how each theme pertains to the Guelph-Wellington context. It was created for the Policy Working Group of the Guelph-Wellington Food Round Table, who are currently developing a regional food strategy.

Author(s): 
Katrin Sawatsky, Thomas Armitage, Erin Pratley
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph-Wellington Food Roundtable

An Overview of Models, Grants and Funding Structures of Shared Space/Coworking Organizations

This report is a compilation of work conducted for 10 Carden in support of their ongoing expansion project. It identifies best practices and potential funding avenues for shared space/coworking organizations, and contains summaries of key documents related to social purpose real estate. It also provides insight on how several shared space/coworking organizations began and continued to operate through the results of several informational interviews.

Author(s): 
Yuiko Cowper-Smith, Andrea LaMarre, Faiza Omar
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
10C

Aron Theatre Co-Operative Inc. Case Study Report

One of a series of rural social enterprise case studies, this report includes information about the development, organizational model, successes, challenges, and outcomes of the Aron Theatre Co-Operative.

Author(s): 
Mary Ferguson, Lucia Frecha, Carrie Herzog
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Willow Springs Creative Centre

Becoming Complex-Capable: The Importance of Hope and Strategies for Working with Complex Clients

Prepared with community partners at the Guelph Community Health Centre, this literature review demonstrates why hope is critical in the treatment of individuals with complex needs and pinpoints the best practices and strategies for inspiring hope in these complex clients.

Author(s): 
Curtis Nash
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph Community Health Centre

City of Guelph Older Adult Community Profile

This report is a consolidated profile of the older adult (55+) community in Guelph organized based on the World Health Organization's Age-Friendly City Dimensions. It synthesizes local research and other sources of data to support the City of Guelph in a variety of activities related to priority setting, performance measurement and planning of public amenities, services, programs, and activities for older adults.

Author(s): 
Meaghan Anderson, Faiza Omar, Jane Robson, Barbara Harrison
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

City of Guelph Roundtables

The City of Guelph is experimenting with different methods for developing policies, programs, and services. The City asked the Guelph lab to support a series of “Roundtables”. During Summer 2015, staff from Corporate Services and the Office of the CAO held a series of events to ask City staff about a range of challenges faced by the Corporation – from employee engagement to managing physical infrastructure (“assets”) and the City budget process. Teams are worked to address three of the eleven topics identified. Remaining topics will be addressed by future “tables.”

Product(s): 
Project Summary
Program(s): 
Guelph Lab
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

Community Engaged Scholarship: Addressing the Complexity of the Work

On February 11th, 2015, at the University of Guelph, CESI hosted their annual event on community-engaged scholarship. There were over 40 participants who attended from various departments at the University of Guelph. This was a full day event starting with two panel discussions, followed by two workshops.

Product(s): 
Presentation
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project

Creative Strategies to Increase Community Awareness and Engagement in Community Health Services

Prepared with community partners at the Guelph Community Health Centre, this literature review identifies promising practices that have been developed and used by community health centres, and other health and community organizations, to increase awareness of their activities and services in their communities.

Author(s): 
Yuiko Cowper-Smith
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph Community Health Centre

Evaluating Community-Based Participatory Research

This report reviews the evaluation mechanisms, including questions, indicators, and methods used to assess the effectiveness of community-based participatory research projects. It was produced to inform revisions to program evaluations led by the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute and the Research Shop.

Author(s): 
Curtis Nash
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop

Evaluating Universal Student Nutrition Programs: Methods, Indicators, and Outcomes

This report provides an overview of the existing literature and evaluations of student nutrition programs (SNPs) and highlights the outcomes, indicators, methods, and results of the evaluations. Conducted as part of a larger program evaluation of SNPs in Guelph-Wellington by Food and Friends, it also provides a summary of the benefits and challenges associated with offering student-wide nutrition programs.

Author(s): 
Natachia Bond
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph-Wellington Children’s Foundation, Food & Friends

Evidence-Based Practices for Treatment of Methamphetamine Dependency: A Review

Prepared for the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy, this report explores clinical approaches in treating methamphetamine dependence, as well as the history of methamphetamine use and its effects on the body and mind. It is intended for use by frontline service providers and outlines suggested strategies to address dependency to the drug at various stages of the treatment process.

Author(s): 
Ryan Hill
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy

Fusion Youth Activity and Technology Centre Case Study

One of a series of rural social enterprise case studies, this report includes information about the development, organizational model, successes, challenges, and outcomes of the Fusion Youth Activity and Technology Centre.

Author(s): 
Mary Ferguson, Lucia Frecha, Carrie Herzog
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Fusion Youth Activity and Technology Centre

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.

Product(s): 
Presentation
Report
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project

Ladies Who Lunch Research Workshops: Final Report

Based on the results of three evaluation research workshops, this report outlines benefits of and barriers to expansion for the Ladies Who Lunch Program, run by the Centre Wellington Social Justice Group on behalf of the Centre Wellington Food Bank.

Author(s): 
Erin Pratley, Anne Bergen
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Centre Wellington Social Justice Group

Public Innovation

The Guelph Lab hosted a small group of City staff, University faculty and students to discuss “public innovation” with Jepser Christiansen. Jesper is Head of Research at MindLab, a Danish cross-governmental innovation unit that involves citizens and businesses in creating new solutions for society. Jesper discussed Mindlab’s work and the role of citizens in public sector innovation.

Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Guelph Lab
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph
The Mind Lab

Public Sector Procurement

How can procurement be “open” and support innovation?

The City of Guelph’s information technology (IT) department asked the GuelphLab to support the design of alternative procurement processes that can unlock innovative technology solutions for the City and have the potential to create business development opportunities for companies working in “Civic Tech.”

Product(s): 
Project Summary
Program(s): 
Guelph Lab
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

Social Service Collaboration and Community Change

This report is a review of existing literature on collaboration and community change and also contains an overview of models of collaboration and comprehensive community initiatives. It was compiled for Toward Common Ground, a large-scale community initiative, and builds on two previous reports from the Research Shop. 

Author(s): 
Nicole Jeffrey
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Toward Common Ground

The Effects of Winter Road Salt Run-Off on River Systems

This report provides an overview of the existing literature to help determine the impact of winter salt road run-off on the rivers, along with possible remediation methods. It was created for Wellington Water Watchers and explores alternatives to salt, community-engaged activities, and best management practices used in other communities that could be brought to Wellington County.

Author(s): 
Alex Robinson, Lindsey Thomson
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Wellington County

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.

Product(s): 
Project Summary
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project
Project Partner(s): 
Toward Common Ground
Toward Common Ground logo

Understanding Compassion Fatigue

This report reviews existing literature on compassion fatigue and its effect on caregivers. Prepared for Hospice Wellington, it seeks to enhance understanding of compassion fatigue in hospice and palliative care, and help identify and effectively manage its symptoms for the benefit of both clients and caregivers. An executive summary and toolkit accompany the full report.

Author(s): 
Ryan Hill, Oriana Vaccarino, Kerry J. Daly
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Hospice Wellington

Willow Springs Creative Centre Case Study Report

One of a series of rural social enterprise case studies, this report includes information about the development, organizational model, successes, challenges and outcomes of the Willow Springs Creative Centre.

Author(s): 
Mary Ferguson, Lucia Frecha, Carrie Herzog
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Willow Springs Creative Centre

Youth Opportunity in the Rural Context: Strategies for Addressing Mobility, Employment, and Access to Services

Produced in partnership with the North Wellington Coalition for Youth Resiliency, this report outlines strategies that have been used to help improve the quality of life for rural youth, particularly around mobility and employment. It examines current and previously run initiatives in order to guide future discussion on how to address barriers faced by rural youth.

Author(s): 
Ryan Hill
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
North Wellington Coalition for Youth Resiliency

The Story of the Seed: Mapping University-Community Partnership & the Creation of a Community Food Hub

This shared narrative supports further development of The Seed Community Food Hub through reflection on what has worked to date, how challenges arose and were addressed, and where to focus current efforts and resources. An infographic is also available to summarize the larger report.

Author(s): 
Jamie Brown
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
The SEED

Community Food Centres Canada's "The Pod" Knowledge Exchange: Programming

This report summarizes and analyzes the programming information available on "The Pod Knowledge Exchange" website. It was developed to contribute to the development of The Seed Community Food Hub in Guelph Wellington.

Author(s): 
Christine McPhail
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Community Food Centres Canada

Eating at the Evergreen Seniors' Community Centre Restaurant

This report highlights findings from a mixed methods study of the experiences of eating at the Evergreen Seniors' Community Centre. It offers preliminary insight into the experience of communal dining for community-living older adults.

Author(s): 
Andrea LaMarre, Lindsay Stehouwer, Barbara Harrison
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Evergreen Seniors’ Community Centre

Environmental Demonstration Hubs: Orienting Concepts and Applied Examples

This report provides a compilation of working models, central concepts, and promising practices related to environmentally oriented community hubs, designed to assist planners of the Yorklands Green Hub.

Author(s): 
Doran Hoge, Elizabeth Jackson
Product(s): 
Environmental Scan
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Yorklands Green Hub

Innovative Student Nutrition Programs in Ontario: Identifying Case Study Examples

This report presents Student Nutrition Programs (SNPs) in Ontario that have advanced certain aspects of the Healthy Kids Strategy (HKS) recommendations and/or pillars of the Local Food Act (LFA). The case study examples and common themes that are discussed in this report demonstrate how the HKS and LFA priorities could be advanced, as well as how decision-makers and funders could better enable and support such programs.

Author(s): 
Erin Pratley, Erin McPhail, Carolyn Webb
Product(s): 
Environmental Scan
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Ontario Edible Education Network – Sustain Ontario

Literature Review on Withdrawal Management

This report is a comprehensive review of the withdrawal management literature. It was compiled for the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy (WGDS) in collaboration with various stakeholders in the Waterloo-Wellington region.

Author(s): 
Andrea LaMarre
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy

Open Government

The City of Guelph’s 2014 Open Government Action Plan (attached below) was one of the first of its kind in Canada. The Guelph Lab hosted 30 City of Guelph staff and councillors to discuss Open Government – what it means, its history, and how it has (and hasn’t) been adopted across Canadian municipalities. 

Product(s): 
Project Summary
Report
Program(s): 
Guelph Lab
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

Opportunities to Fill the Gaps in Knowledge About the Impacts of Food Education for Children and Youth in Ontario

Developed in collaboration with the Ontario Edible Education Network, this report explores the type of information and research that is available on food education in Ontario. It outlines detailed information in support of food education as well as suggestions on how to fill the gaps in research on impacts of food education.

Author(s): 
Monika Korzun, Carolyn Webb
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Ontario Edible Education Network – Sustain Ontario

Poetry & Environment: Quick Scan Bibliography

This rapid response report is a bibliography of relevant scholarly resources on eco-poetry, eco-literary theory, Indigenous theory, philosophy, and other related topics at the University of Guelph. It was used to inform the poetry writing element of the ReMediate community art project.

Author(s): 
Elizabeth Jackson
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
ReMediate Guelph

Report for the City of Guelph: Engaging Post-Secondary Students in Municipal Government

This report explores leading practices of engaging university and college students in municipal government for the City of Guelph. It provides a review and summary of information gathered from the websites of Ontario municipalities.

Author(s): 
Kim Chuong
Product(s): 
Environmental Scan
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

Seniors and Social Dining: A Brief Summary

This report provides a brief overview of a selection of the current literature surrounding congregate dining programs.

Author(s): 
Lindsay Stehouwer
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Evergreen Seniors’ Community Centre

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.

Product(s): 
Project Summary
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project

Short Report: Land History of the Eastview Landfill Site

This rapid response report is a scan of available resources related to the history of the Eastview Landfill site, including Indigenous histories of the land, settler relations to the land, and decisions regarding the use and closure of the Eastview site.

Author(s): 
Andrea LaMarre
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

The People Table and Employee Engagement

The People Table had a problem to tackle – the City hadn’t performed well in the 2012 employee engagement survey. In 2014, some departments and service areas had made positive strides, but others had been less successful so the overall picture hadn’t actually changed all that much. “Must do better.” Agreed. So, where to start?

Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Guelph Lab
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

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.

Product(s): 
Project Summary
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project

Civic Access Guelph: Educational Strategies for Civic Engagement

Prepared for the City of Guelph, this report reviews educational strategies used by municipalities and community-based organizations to further citizen understanding about civic processes and engagement opportunities.

Author(s): 
Katherine Perrott, Alberto Salguero
Product(s): 
Environmental Scan
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

Clear Language Summaries

Many academic products, such as peer-reviewed journal articles and presentations, are inaccessible because of discipline-specific jargon and paywalls. In response to this issue, the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute obtained OMAFRA funding and offered clear language writing training for students and staff at the University of Guelph. Trainees produced over 130 clear language research summaries between 2011 and 2013. These summaries translate academic research into accessible language, creating a description that is easy to understand for all knowledge users.

Product(s): 
Clear Language Summary
Program(s): 
Knowledge Mobilization

Dance-Based Research: Process and Products of Collaboration

This report outlines a collaborative project between IMAGEO artworksMusagetes, and the Research Shop, aimed at exploring 'What is in transition?' in Guelph using dance-based research.

Author(s): 
Andrea LaMarre
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Musagetes
Imageo

Furniture Provision in Guelph and Wellington County

This report was developed and completed by the Research Shop with the support of the Guelph and Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination. This report explores furniture provision in Guelph and Wellington, the potential need for a Furniture Bank and propose recommendations for moving forward.

Author(s): 
Meaghan Anderson, Jane Robson
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph and Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination

Identifying the Optimal Multi-User Document Sharing Platform

This report investigates solutions for an affordable multi-user document-sharing platform to meet the requirements of the Sustainable Local Food Systems Research Group.

Author(s): 
Ivana Lung
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Local Sustainable Food Systems Working Group

Immigrant Entrepreneurship Project: Findings and Key Recommendations

This report, adapted from a presentation to the Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), reviews major findings from the focus groups and interviews conducted by Guelph-Wellington LIP to understand the experiences of local immigrant entrepreneurs and provides key recommendations to better support local immigrant entrepreneurship.

Author(s): 
Kim Chuong
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership

Organic Vs. Conventional Dairy: A Comparison

Created in collaboration with the Organic Council of Ontario, this report examines existing research to compare the health benefits of organic versus conventional dairy products.

Author(s): 
Alicia Cartaginese, Melanie Kramer
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Organic Council of Ontario

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.

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

Pathways to Withdrawal Management in Guelph: Experiences of Services Users

Carried out for the Wellington-Guelph Drug Strategy, this report investigates services users' experiences of getting to withdrawal management (detox) services through thematic analysis of survey data.

Author(s): 
Patricia Altass, Alberto Salguero, Ceilidh Wilson, Anne Bergen
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy

Say "Yes" to Good Food Education: A Good Food Education Resource Guide

This guide was completed as part of a collaborative project co-led with Sustain Ontario, and is aimed at educators or community organizers who are interested in helping connect children and youth to good food.

Author(s): 
Erin Nelson, Monika Korzun, Sophie Maksimowski, Rachel Salt, Robbyn Sargent, Kelly Janz, Kimberley Stemshorn
Product(s): 
Toolkit
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Sustain Ontario

Soils & Organic Food Production

Created in collaboration with the Organic Council of Ontario, the underlying premise of this research is the hypothesis that organic farming methods can support healthy soil systems, which in turn, produce healthy food without reliance on chemical inputs.

Author(s): 
Elizabeth Nowatschin, Melanie Kramer, Erin Nelson
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Organic Council of Ontario

Using Emergency Food Services in Guelph Wellington

This report was created in partnership with the Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination (PTF), and examines the experiences and opinions of emergency food service users.

Author(s): 
Warren Dodd, Erin Nelson, Kristen Cairney, Joanne Clark, Alicia Cartaginese
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute

Using Tablets and Assistive Technology to Support Children and Adolescents with Asperger's Syndrome: A Literature Review

This rapid response report carried out for Centennial CVI in Guelph contains a literature review of how iPad tablets and other assistive technology help to support children and adolescents with Asperger's Syndrome.

Author(s): 
Agineszka Wozniak
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute

Accessing Emergency Food Services: A Review of Eligibility Strategies

Created in partnership with the Guelph-Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination, this report explores current literature pertaining to eligibility strategies, as well as the types of eligibility practices currently used in Guelph-Wellington.

Author(s): 
Rachel Salt
Product(s): 
Environmental Scan
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph and Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination

Children Services Integration

This report examines outcomes of integration in children services using a review of the grey and academic literature, as well as informational interviews conducted with four Ontario child welfare agencies.

Author(s): 
Jane Robson
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop

Examining Organization Supporting Positive Change: A Report Prepared for 10 Carden

Based on interviews with representatives from seven non-profit organizations in Canada supporting positive social change and/or social innovation, this report examines how these organizations work in innovative ways with respect to governance, membership, decision-making, and power sharing.

Author(s): 
Clare Morgan
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
10C

Farmer Foodbank Linkages

This report presents the results of a study on opportunities for farmer-food bank partnerships in Ontario. Carried out in collaboration with FarmStart, this study was undertaken in order to gain a better understanding of the current status of farmer-food bank relationships, and to identify key opportunities and challenges involved in building and strengthening partnerships.

Author(s): 
Greta Chiu, Michaelo CoDyre
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
FarmStart

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 work done by the Research Shop

Product(s): 
Poster
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project

Food Security Scan of Dufferin County

Created in collaboration with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, this report examines the current state of food security work in Dufferin County, including active stakeholders and the nature of work being carried out.

Author(s): 
Rebecca Ivanoff, Erin Nelson
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health

Furniture Banks

Rapid response research contributed to a Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination research profile that examines different furniture bank models, the impacts of furniture banks, and the need for a furniture bank in Guelph and Wellington.

Author(s): 
Meaghan Anderson, Jane Robson
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph and Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination

Getting to Withdrawal Management Services in Guelph-Wellington

This rapid response report prepared for the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy examines service providers' perspectives about barriers to clients “getting to withdrawal management services” and use of these services based on distance of client residence from the treatment facility.

Author(s): 
Safiya Pindare, Anne Bergen
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy

Immigrants, Agriculture, and Settlement Outside the GTA

Prepared in collaboration with FarmStart, this report focuses on settlement services for new Canadians in four municipalities in Ontario where there is significant potential for agricultural production: Durham Region, London and Middlesex County, Guelph and Wellington County, and Hamilton-Wentworth Region.

Author(s): 
Kelly Janz, Frances Dietrich-O'Connor, Erika Stewin
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
FarmStart

Integration of Youth and Adult Addiction Services

Prepared for the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy, this rapid response report investigates the question of whether youth and adult addiction services should be integrated or separated. An annotated bibliography is appended to the report.

Author(s): 
Andrea LaMarre
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy

Public Park Use and Low Income Neighbourhoods

Rapid response research contributed to a Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination research profile that examines the use of public parks in low income neighbourhoods, including availability, types, and quality.

Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph and Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination

Report for the City of Guelph: Community Engagement Policies in National and International Municipalities

Prepared for the City of Guelph, this report and its appendices examine policies, frameworks, and tools for community engagement from municipalities across Canada, Australia, the U.K., and the U.S.A.

Author(s): 
Kim Chuong, Kathryn Walton, Morgan Marini, Sohpie Maksimowski
Product(s): 
Environmental Scan
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

Rescuing Policy: a public policy forum seminar

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

Program(s): 
CESI Special Project

Social Service Collaboration: Moving Towards Integration of Forms and Services

This report reviews considerations underlying efforts for collaboration and integration in the field of social services including models of engagement, integration frameworks and challenges to integration.

Author(s): 
Jane Robson
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop

Teaching and Learning in a Digital World: A Developmental Evaluation of Virtual Learning Environments in the Upper Grand and York Region District School Boards

This report summarizes the findings of a mixed methods developmental evaluation of a virtual learning environment (VLE) pilot program.

Author(s): 
Anne Bergen, Laura French
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Upper Grand District School Board
York Region District School Board

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 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
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project
Research Shop

Youth Harm Reduction Programs in Ontario: Expansion Report

This rapid response research for the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy addresses the ways in which programs and shelters in cities closer in size to Guelph manage harm reduction and/or needle exchange programs, as well as issues related to health and safety.

Author(s): 
Andrea LaMarre
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy

Youth Substance Misuse Prevention Programs

This research brief was prepared for the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy. Compiled from literature reviews created by a third-­year course on corrections and penology, it outlines findings on peer-­led prevention programs for drug and alcohol misuse among youth.

Author(s): 
Andrea LaMarre
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy

Affordable Access to Recreation: Policies, Procedures, and Programs in Wellington, Dufferin, and Guelph

Prepared for in motion in collaboration with the Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination, this report presents results from a survey of service providers on policies and procedures related to affordable access to recreation. Implications for removing barriers to physical activity are discussed.

Author(s): 
Amanda Peters, Randalin Ellery
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph and Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination

Collaboration: Priorities and Promising Practices, Collaborating for Community Impact Research

Based on a literature review, key informant interviews, and an online survey of collaboration needs and priorities among participating organizations, this report presents the highlights from the research findings, beginning with a definition of collaboration.

Author(s): 
Tanya Darisi, Kim Chuong, Sonya Strohm, Jacqueline de Guzman
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Volunteer Centre of Guelph-Wellington
Trellis Mental Health and Development Services

Community-Level Energy Efficiency Programs: A Literature Review of Best Practices for Promotion and Recruitment

This review of the social science literature identifies successful and unsuccessful strategies for promoting community-level energy efficiency. It was conducted to identify best practices for promoting energy efficient behaviour at the community-level, as well as promoting recruitment/outreach to community-level energy efficiency programs.

Author(s): 
Sonya Strohm
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
City of Guelph

Developing a Communication Strategy for the Guelph Wellington Food Round Table

This rapid response research brief for the Guelph Wellington Food Round Table provides a literature review and environmental scan of communication strategies used for promoting food security in Ontario, identifying methods that have been found to be useful.

Author(s): 
Petrina Aberdeen
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph-Wellington Food Roundtable

Emergency Food Services in Guelph-Wellington: A Scan of the Current Systems and Thoughts on the Future

This report presents the findings of a research team from the Research Shop on the emergency food service system in Guelph-Wellington. Strengths and weaknesses of the current system, local programs and services to improve food security, and best practices and new strategies in emergency food provision and food security are discussed.

Author(s): 
Erin Nelson, Petrina Aberdeen, Frances Dietrich-O'Connor, Elizabeth Shantz
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health
Guelph-Wellington Food Roundtable
Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice

Engaging for Change

A wide variety of organizations in the Guelph-Wellington region have had on-going conversations about the nature of social planning and decision-making in our current complex web of networks. In response, a partnership and several interrelated projects were developed. From this, a proposal for funding was jointly submitted called “Engaging for Change: Practicing Collaboration and Planning in Guelph-Wellington”. While our proposal was not successful, partners remain committed and we have proceeded with some internally funded projects.

Product(s): 
Poster
Presentation
Report
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project

Engaging for Change

A wide variety of organizations in the Guelph-Wellington region have had on-going conversations about the nature of social planning and decision-making in our current complex web of networks. In response, a partnership and several interrelated projects were developed. From this, a proposal for funding was jointly submitted called “Engaging for Change: Practicing Collaboration and Planning in Guelph-Wellington”. While our proposal was not successful, partners remain committed and we have proceeded with some internally funded projects.

Product(s): 
Poster
Presentation
Report
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project

Integrating a Sustainable Food Systems Framework in Guelph's Official Plan

This report discusses the process of integrating a sustainable food systems lens into Guelph's Official Plan. In partnership with the Guelph Wellington Food Roundtable, Research Shop interns conducted a literature review of sustainable and local food systems in order to gain a broader understanding of best practices in the policy realm. With these resources, a detailed set of policy updates were compiled and layered over the existing Official Plan framework (see Appendix I).

Author(s): 
Ryan Hayhurst, Shelley Hazen, Frances Dietrich-O'Connor
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph-Wellington Food Roundtable

Partnership Practices

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.

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

Report to Transition Guelph: Feedback on the Resilience 2011 Awareness and Engagement Campaign

Research Shop interns developed and carried out an outreach campaign designed to help achieve a successful launch of Transition Guelph in the local community. This report outlines considerations underlying the campaign strategy, the campaign strategy itself, reflections on lessons learned, and recommendations for similar undertakings.

Author(s): 
Darcy Dupuis, Elizabeth Shantz, Anne Bergen
Project Partner(s): 
Transition Guelph

Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy Housing First Project Research

This short research brief was conducted for the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy Committee. Housing First is a strategy focusing on providing non-contingent housing to chronically homeless and the traditionally hard-to-house including individuals with mental illness and/or addictions. The following report outlines existing Housing First programs across the country, detailing their service delivery, depth and, where applicable, funding sources.

Author(s): 
Andrea LaMarre
Product(s): 
Environmental Scan
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy

Withdrawal Management Services and the Effect of Distance

This rapid response research brief was conducted for the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy Committee. It investigates the effect of geographic proximity of withdrawal management services on treatment for addictions. Distance is examined as a barrier to accessing addictions treatment in general and withdrawal management services in particular in the following report. Potential solutions for mitigating this barrier are also presented.

Author(s): 
Andrea LaMarre
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy

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
Product(s): 
Presentation
Report
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project

Community Scan of Collaboration in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph

Together with the Healthy Communities Ontario Fund, the Research Shop conducted a scan of the types of collaborations related to healthy communities that exist in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (WDG). This comprehensive report provides insight into the current state of collaborations in WDG, including their key characteristics and strategic approaches, as well as an analysis of strengths and challenges of existing collaborations.

Author(s): 
Alayna Gillespie
Product(s): 
Environmental Scan
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Healthy Communities Ontario Fund

Mentoring as an Inclusion Strategy for Racialized Faculty

Resulting from a collaborative research project involving the Human Rights and Equity Office (HREO) at the University of Guelph and the Research Shop, this report examines the value of mentoring as a strategy for inclusion for racialized faculty members at Canadian universities.

Author(s): 
Tricia van Rhijn, Mahejabeen Ebrahim, Patrick Case
Product(s): 
Literature Review
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Rights and Equity Office (HREO)

Report on the Task Force for Poverty Elimination "Success Stories" Project

The rapid response project gathered success stories from representatives of the working/action groups of the Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination. This report outlines the methodologies used in the project, summarizes the major themes that arose from the responses, and provides suggestions for the continued collection of this data in the future.

Author(s): 
Amanda Peters, Candice Shaw
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph and Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination

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).

Product(s): 
Project Summary
Program(s): 
CESI Special Project

Survey on Faculty Community Engagement in CSAHS

In 2009, the faculty from the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences (CSAHS), at the University of Guelph were surveyed about their community-engaged scholarship. The survey resulted in a report which documented faculty involvement in community engaged work and identified important facilitators of engagement in research, teaching, and service efforts. The results built on successful practices to serve as a baseline to inform new initiatives intended to recognize and support community engaged work.

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

The Community Researcher Project: Exploring Economic Hardship in Guelph and Wellington

This report outlines a community-based research process that took place in Guelph and Wellington County during the winter, spring and summer of 2010 in collaboration with the Guelph and Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination. For this project, community members with lived experience of poverty were trained to work as community researchers in order to identify gaps in services and programs and issues with accessing services and programs for those living in poverty.

Author(s): 
Patricia Altass
Product(s): 
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Guelph and Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination