Our Community Connections Program

 4 circles.CHEC's Community Connections Program brings representatives of community organizations together with University of Waterloo faculty and students to engage in collaborative research projects that benefit communities as well as different fields of practice and scholarship.

CHEC facilitates university-community research partnerships and projects in a number of ways. For example,

  • a representative of a community organization or a faculty member may contact CHEC to discuss a particular research interest (e.g., issue-focused research, demographic research, marketing research, strategic planning research, etc.) and research capacity needs; or
  • CHEC staff may contact a representative of a community organization or faculty member to discuss a potential research partnership.

Most CHEC-facilitated research projects require Research Assistant capacity. Depending on your research needs, CHEC may facilitate the following:

  • A fully funded Research Assistantship (graduate level) or Co-op placement (graduate or undergraduate) where the student works in partnership with the community organization, with faculty supervision.
    • Click here for an example of a CHEC-facilitated project that provided a fully funded Research Assistantship
  • A Research Assistantship (graduate level) with substantial funding from an external granting organization.
    • Click here for an example of a CHEC-facilitated project that provided funding for a Research Assistant
  • A Research Assistantship (graduate or undergraduate) with an honorarium.
    • Click here for an example of a CHEC-facilitated project that provided an honorarium for work undertaken by a graduate-level Research Assistant.
  • An experiential learning experience that a student (graduate or undergraduate) can use towards his/her degree requirements.

In addition, CHEC may facilitate opportunities for representatives of community organizations to connect with a course in which a group of students complete a research project about a particular topic. 

  • Click here for an example of a course-based research project facilitated by CHEC staff.

Finally, the most research-intensive way of engaging with CHEC is by collaborating with faculty on a research project where faculty bring funding from an academic funding organization or other external funding organization to support a Research Assistant and cover other project-related expenses.

It all begins with a conversation! For more information about CHEC's Community Connections Program, contact Tanya Markvart, CHEC Director of Research & Programming. 

Click here for a complete list of research projects under CHEC's Community Connections Program.