Thompson Rivers University and United Way BC have embarked on a new, innovative partnership designed to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between community agencies and researchers at the University.
Ann McCarthy, Knowledge Mobilization Officer, will work with a variety of stakeholder groups in the area of community development, and will divide her time between TRU and UWBC, working to establish relationships that produce community-driven research and contribute to evidence-based decision-making.
The long term vision of this partnership is to increase and share community-based research.
There are three over-arching goals:
I. To increase awareness and accessibility of research
II. To increase participation by faculty and students in community research
III. To increase the influence of research in community planning and decision-making
On October 26, TRU hosted an event to enable community groups to meet with university researchers, and to announce the launch of the Community Driven Research Fund, designed as a seed fund to support the goals of community-engaged research.
“We have people from our community who spend their lives in service to others, and researchers who work in service to knowledge making. We aim to bring that knowledge into service for the broadest possible good,” said Ann McCarthy.