Report

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

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”.

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

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, Emily Farrell
Product(s): 
Infographic
Report
Program(s): 
Research Shop
Project Partner(s): 
Wellington Guelph Hoarding Network

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

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

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

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

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

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

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