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Centre for Research & Innovation Support Address: 9 King's College Circle Toronto Ontario M7A 1A5
  • February 14, 2024 from 10:00am to 12:45pm


Community-Engaged Research Faculty Discussion Club presents…

‘Formalizing the Relationship in Community-Engaged Research: Key Relationship Building Activities & Challenges’

Join us for the third session of the “Community Engaged Research Faculty Discussion Club,” a new series for researchers with an interest in deepening their theoretical and practical understanding of community-engaged research to connect with, and learn together from, colleagues from across the tri-campus in order to strengthen both societal and scholarly impact. Faculty, post-doctoral fellows, staff, and graduate students from the University of Toronto are invited to register to participate in person.

The third session in this series will focus on key relationship building activities and potential challenges during the formalization stage of partnership building in community-engaged research. Often times, it is securing funding that can catalyze a developing research relationship in community-engaged research to formalize (Cargo and Mercer, 2008). At this stage of the relationship, there are several key relationship building activities that are important to consider in strengthening the research partnership including establishing a shared purpose, creating decision making processes, and building capacity among research partners (Cargo and Mercer, 2008). There are also potential points of tension including fostering trust and respect, addressing power imbalances, and facilitating participation of all partners while balancing institutional ethics review board requirements (Cargo and Mercer, 2008).

This session will feature youth-led research projects as case examples, including a current study exploring the impacts of early childhood screen use on sexual behaviours, attitudes and overall wellness in adolescents. Guest panelists, Prof. Ashley Vandermorris and Soliana Lijiam, will reflect on their own experiences of key relationship building activities that helped to strengthen the research partnership, as well as potential pitfalls to be aware of and strategies to reduce challenges.