In partnership with CFICE, U-Links has developed a manual and the purpose of this document (Click here for the full CFICE - Campus Community Manual PDF) is to guide community organizations’ staff as they begin to create research-oriented relationships with university faculty. The goal of these relationships is to maximize the effectiveness of the non-profit organization through the creation of evidence-based decision making. Nonprofit community organizations often have service-related questions but few resources to answer these questions. For example, an organization might want to know whether a specific intervention or program is providing the desired outcome. The lack of unbiased answers to such questions makes it difficult for an organization to make the best, or perhaps most economical, decisions about the future direction of the organization. University faculty have a need to engage in research to meet the university’s promotion and tenure requirements. More and more often faculty members are seeking projects that will make meaningful contributions to the community in which they live and work. They are seeking opportunities to engage in what is known as Community-Based Research. Faculty are recognizing that the outcome of such projects is more likely to result in change when the question, or problem statement, arises from the community. As such they are seeking research partnerships initiated by community organizations. Other faculty, while themselves not Community-Based Research practitioners, may be able to support a research project undertaken by their students, whether as course-based projects or as graduate or undergraduate thesis projects. Some universities and colleges have well-developed departments that engage community organizations in this process and utilize the resulting projects to provide students with real-life experiences in the surrounding community. Others are just beginning to develop the process.
WHO CAN BE A HOST ORGANIZATION?
Any organization, small business or individual can propose a project for consideration. However, please keep in mind that your project must involve tangible benefits to the social, cultural, environmental and/or economic life of Haliburton County. The project also needs to be of educational value to students, making use of their university skills and training.
Host organizations and supervisors have certain responsibilities, as does U-Links and the student carrying out their project. Our Project Proposal Form is available online (by clicking here: projectproposal_17-18.doc), and we would be happy to help you if you require assistance.
We accept proposals at any time of year but prefer to have them in June so we have time to develop them before the next school semester starts in September. All proposals submitted to us are reviewed and may require a period of development before they are suitable for promotion and matching. Matching projects with students happens primarily in September and January, but can also occur during the summer months.
Once a proposal is submitted and approved by the U-Links staff, it is promoted to Trent students as a research project. Feel free to contact U-Links with any questions that you may have - we're here to help!
Along with doing projects through students at Trent University and the CBR course, we at U-Links also collaborate with community partners on local projects, just like the Garlic/Leek Moth and Nematode project with the Haliburton County Farmers' Market Association and the Haliburton County Garlic Growers Association.