The intention with this handbook is to offer readers a practical and accessible guide for community-engaged research. But it is just that: an offering. It is not a definitive guide or a prescriptive checklist. It is recognized that the beauty and complexity of many CER projects lie in their unique contexts and imaginative approaches. That means a "onesize-fits-all" handbook may not make sense for everyone.This handbook is for community-serving organizations including, but not limited to, community groups, not-for-profit organizations, public and private foundations and local, provincial and federal government agencies. This handbook is designed to help community organizations gain a practical understanding of community-engaged research. It also provides a guiding framework for developing a CER project.This handbook can also be useful for students, early-career researchers and anyone who is curious about using research to advance community interests.
About CERi: Based out of the 312 Main co-working space in downtown Vancouver, CERi is focused on extending community-engaged research to provincial, national and international communities. CERi's aim is to act as an infrastructure that advocates for community-engaged research rooted in values of reciprocity, collaboration, equity, justice and social transformation. CERi does this by strengthening the capacity of SFU's researchers and students to develop meaningful, productive and reciprocal research partnerships that are capable of making a positive difference in communities throughout British Columbia and beyond.
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