The Community Knowledge Program (CKP) is an initiative aimed at encouraging collaborative research and knowledge sharing within the immigrant and refugee-serving sector in the Greater Toronto Area. Originally part of CERIS (the Joint Centre for Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement), the CKP is now housed at Wellesley Institute.
CKP aims to understand the training and resources needed in the immigrant and refugee-serving sector. It is crucial that people who work with newcomer communities understand research and best practices, and use that knowledge to create programs and services that are more responsive and effective.
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Our community-centred approach aims to increase community capability to create a healthier sector that will achieve better outcomes for the population we serve, newcomers to Canada. We want to involve those who are seldom heard to get a better understanding of the issues that service providers deal with on the ground. To bring stakeholders in the immigrant and refugee-serving together, we will be hosting training in research and knowledge mobilization for front-line workers as well as community panel discussions.
- Understanding needs and capacity for research and knowledge mobilization in the GTA’s immigrant and refugee-serving sector
- Training workers at front-line, community-based settlement agencies on skills in research and knowledge mobilization
- Building and fostering connections among researchers, service providers, policymakers, and other stakeholders in the sector
Why access to research matters
Access to high-quality research is necessary to the creation of effective policy, service, and advocacy in the immigrant and refugee serving sector.
Resources available to support the development of community-based research and knowledge mobilization skills are often limited. Constraints on staffing, time, and funding, create challenges for some immigrant and refugee-serving agencies to participate in research. Also, much of the academic community is unfamiliar with community-based research capacity and the research it produces.
To bridge this gap, the Community Knowledge Program aims to identify opportunities for collaboration and partnerships between front-line agencies and the academic community, and to encourage stakeholders in the sector to build on each other’s work and knowledge. Collaboration in the sector will improve its practices and contribute to creating systemic change.
We will be updating this page as more information becomes available.
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