About Knowledge Outreach
At CIFAR, knowledge outreach is the process by which the institute communicates knowledge and research breakthroughs generated within its programs to knowledge users (e.g., government, business & industry, NGOs, pan-governmental organizations, and practitioners) in order to increase the value of its research to society.
CIFAR engages in a number of knowledge outreach events each year. These events bring together CIFAR researchers and knowledge users in a targeted and interactive fashion in order to facilitate knowledge sharing. The events differ in their structure and makeup, depending on the nature of the research being discussed and the needs and interests of the knowledge user(s). A description of upcoming CIFAR knowledge outreach events is listed below.
UPCOMING CIFAR KNOWLEDGE OUTREACH EVENTS:
Volunteerism and Civic Engagement Among New Canadians
On April 4, 2014, CIFAR and Manulife Financial, in partnership with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, will host a luncheon by invitation entitled Volunteerism and Civic Engagement Among New Canadians. This event will bring researchers from CIFAR’s global research network together with public and non-profit sector stakeholders concerned with encouraging volunteerism among new Canadians. CIFAR Senior Fellow Irene Bloemraad (University of California, Berkeley) and Fellow Lara Aknin (Simon Fraser University) from CIFAR’s Social Interactions, Identity & Well-Being program will present leading ideas and insights from their research addressing:
- why volunteering is important to the civic engagement and well-being of immigrants;
- how volunteering makes us happy and how organizations can better harness the power of volunteering to improve well-being;
- what barriers impede immigrants from volunteering; and,
- what policies and practices are most effective in empowering immigrants to volunteer.