The Science of Storytelling: Why it works

The Science of Storytelling: Why telling a story is the most powerful way to activate our brains provides a scientific explanation behind why storytelling works as well as providing a few hints of doing it well.


CES4Health- Publishing Opportunties

Repost from CCPH

CES4Health peer-reviews and publishes Canadian products of engaged scholarship

Dear colleague,

If you have products of your collaborations that are in forms other than journal articles, please consider submitting them for peer-reviewed publication through CES4Health!  Attached is a list of the Canadian-authored products that have been published to date – you’ll see videos, policy reports, digital stories and other creative and innovative ways of conveying information.


CES4Health aims to widely disseminate high quality products that can improve the health of communities and “count” in the faculty promotion and tenure process.  Every product submitted is peer reviewed by community and academic experts.  If it’s published, the Editor sends an email about the publication and the rigorous peer review process to people that authors identify, such as deans, department chairs and supervisors.  CES4Health also tracks how many times a product is downloaded and can follow-up with users to find out how it was used – important data that can be included in promotion and tenure dossiers and grant proposals.  CES4Health is free, open access and does not retain copyright for any of the products it publishes.


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The Editorial Team at CES4Health



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Brokering Community Engagement- Models of Practice

Brokering Community Engagement- Models of Practice

Geri Briggs, B.ED. MCE

At our meeting in July we discussed the potential value added of third party brokering of community engagement partnerships.  The KMb Hub is sponsoring a project lead by  Volunteer Canada, Kitchener-Waterloo Volunteer Centre, University of Ottawa, and CACSL  to explore the role of the third party broker in community engagement.  The work will take place over the next few months and will include round table discussions, a conference, and a guide for third party brokers based on the learning generated from the groups.

Through observation and reflection I’ve identified several models of how the relationship can be brokered.   Part of the work to be done by Volunteer Canada will be to more fully describe the models, and how the process works from community perspective.   Included below is a brief description of the models as I’m seeing them:

Adhoc: Primary responsibility for the matching and relationship development is up to the community members and the faculty/students.

Institution based centralized office.  Some focus on one aspect of community engagement.  Examples:  Co-op programs, York University (Knowledge Mobilization Unit focussed on community based research).  Others provide a central point for multiple types of community engagement.  Example: University of Ottawa

Not for Profit Community Organization- Sole purpose to broker partnerships.  Examples: Trent Centre for Community Based Education brokers multiple types of projects with multiple institutions.  Centre for Community Based Research (Waterloo)- focuses on community based research engagement.

Volunteer Centres.  Volunteer centres exist to provide support to community organizations in a variety of ways.  Many have taken on the role of facilitating community campus partnerships as an additional service. Examples:  Volunteer Centre Calgary, Kitchener-Waterloo Volunteer Action Centre.

What other models have you seen?  If CFICE were to establish a project to broker engagement broker engagement, what do you see as the most appropriate organizing principles?

Career Development Support for Research Assistants

We have an offer from Janet Sheppard, Ph.D, a skilled and experienced, career counsellor from the University of Victoria to facilitate a series of online career development sessions for research assistants.  The sessions could include:

  • Surfacing what they feel they need to know more about
  • Skills they would benefit from related to the project (followed up by virtual workshops if interest warrants)
  • Project management/research methods support
  • Other?

Before we move forward in planning/development we would like to get a sense of the level of support of such an activity.

To provide input please use the contact form below.  Thank you. 

Community Network for Research Equity & Impact: Monthly Coaching Conference Calls

Forwarded from CCPH:

Since April, the Community Network for Research Equity & Impact has been sponsoring a monthly series of “coaching conference calls” to provide technical assistance to community partners who are anticipating or dealing with challenges in their research partnerships.  The final call in the series is Aug 26 from 4-5:30 pm ET.  Register online at