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Community questions? Community answers.

In community-based research, the questions come from the community and, using credible research methods, community members, researchers, professors and students work collaboratively to find the answers.

At the Trent Community Research Centre we facilitate this process. If you have research questions you can’t find the answers to, or if your organization doesn’t have the capacity to carry out the research you’d like to, we can help. We’ll connect your organization with passionate researchers to work on your behalf.

Most often, this means matching a project to a capable upper-year undergraduate student at Trent, and supporting them as they pursue their research. The student earns academic credit while contributing to the research needs of his or her community, and your organization receives research results that will help you achieve your goals and do better work.

If your research needs are more complex, though, we can connect you with graduate students and professors to tackle your project.

We want to help with any research project that serves the community’s needs. Past projects have included case studies, document analysis, environmental studies, impact assessments, literature reviews, needs assessments, program and service evaluations and secondary research. We can facilitate projects in many different disciplines and using a variety of methods.

Interested? Here’s how to develop a project and get it matched:

How to develop a project

  1. Give us a call!

    Contact us to brainstorm your project and begin developing a suitable approach. If you already have a well-developed project idea you might skip to step two.

  2. Proposal form

    Complete the research proposal form. We will offer feedback on this, and help to hone your questions and develop appropriate research methods.

  3. Matching

    Once we have finalized a research proposal with you, we will try and match it to a suitable student or other researcher. There is no guarantee of a match, but our experience shows that our students are engaged and passionate about community-based research.

Get a sense of research projects underway