3 things you didn’t know about community-partnered research projects

Community-based research partnerships are increasingly popular. Christina @ woci
Community-based research partnerships are increasingly popular. Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash
Research partnerships are a powerful way to foster meaningful relationships and create impactful solutions to common challenges. By building bridges with community organizations, innovators and people with lived experience, researchers can share decision-making, distribute power more equitably and create outputs that are practical and relevant to communities. 

Great examples of partnered research highlight reciprocal practices, meaning everyone can contribute to knowledge creation and learn new concepts or skills, and benefit from the partnership.

For researchers interested in getting started or those with specific research goals in mind, UCalgary’s Knowledge Engagement team is excited to launch the 2024 Navigating Partnered Research webinar series all about partnerships. 

The series will also touch on specialized areas such as the ethics and practices of Indigenous research, patient-oriented health research, and the management of research data in partnered projects. Sessions will be co-hosted by experienced researchers or support units from across campus. 

Three key insights

  1. They come in all shapes and sizes
    Partnerships are as varied as the challenges they seek to address. Ranging from short-term collaborations with grassroots groups to multi-year commitments with multiple parties, these projects provide researchers with the opportunity to work with a spectrum of partners locally, nationally or on a global scale.
  2. Partnering increases impacts
    Meaningful, collaborative research with community can increase buy-in and uptake of research findings by those most impacted, and relevant decision-makers. The outcomes extend beyond scholarly publications, leading to system changes.
  3. Support can come from unique funding streams

UCalgary recently launched the  Transdisciplinary Connector Grants , expanding the potential funding avenues for partnered research projects. This, along with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s  Partnership Engage Grants ,  Partnership Development Grants , and  Partnership Grants , opens up a range of possibilities for funding.

The webinar series is open to students, faculty, staff, postdocs and community partners.  Register for the webinars

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