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  • Social Interactions, Identity & Well Being

Researching with Communities

by CIFAR May 25 / 16
On November 26, 2015, in partnership with the United Way Toronto & York Region, CIFAR held a Change Makers dialogue to explore how to build effective academia-community collaborations in order to achieve greater impact. This event brought together service providers and academics from across the Greater Toronto Area to share knowledge and experience of the research process in order to identify how to better collaborate on improving policies and programs that serve our communities.

Robin Cory, strategic advisor to non-profits and foundations across Canada and member of CIFAR’s IdeasExchange Advisory Council moderated the event. Speakers included two members from CIFAR’s Social Interactions, Identity and Well-being program, Associate Program Director and Senior Fellow, Philip Oreopoulos and Advisory Council member Kim Matheson, and two leaders from United Way member agencies, West Neighbourhood House Executive Director, Maureen Fair and Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services Executive Director, Axelle Janczur. Presentations were followed by break-out group discussions and a larger group reflection on important learnings from the day.


Building mutually beneficial relationships across academia and community has the potential to push research into action for the betterment of our society. Creating such partnerships provides an opportunity to better understand complex social problems facing our communities and to ensure that the programs, policies, and advocacy strategies designed to address them are informed and effective.

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