When CBSS agencies are engaged in research as active partners, there can be a considerable added value to the research, and benefit to the agency and the community. Value-add can include validation of research through access to different sources of knowledge and increased opportunity for qualitative information; community empowerment; organizational learning; and development of relationships that can activate application of knowledge.

To disseminate research and support its application to real-world practice, it must be mobilized through means accessible to practitioners and policymakers. CORE Canada provides a platform to bridge research and practice by:

• sharing information on research conferences, symposia, webinars, and other learning opportunities;
• sharing opportunities for community participation in research;
• featuring relevant action research projects; and
• highlighting new CBSS research

 

If you are an organization interested in sharing research results or opportunities for participation on CORE Canada, please complete and send the submission template below to canada@healthyagingcore.ca.

1) Research Conferences and Symposia

If you have a research event relevant to healthy aging and community-based seniors services and would like to share program and registration information and/or calls for presentations, please provide a summary that includes: Name of Event; Host Organization; Date; Location; links to Registration, Program, and other information.
Click here for the Research Conferences and Symposia Submission Template.

2) Research Participation Opportunities

Mobilizing knowledge about how we age, and the kinds of environments, supports, policies, and practices that contribute to healthy aging is an important goal of CORE. The community-based seniors serving sector increases its effectiveness when it is informed by program evaluation, academic research, case studies, and other types of enquiry. Research related to healthy aging often benefits from the perspectives of community-based practitioners who work directly with older adults, and many research studies are created with the intention to inform practice.

Both research and practice contribute to expanding knowledge, and CORE provides an opportunity to connect researchers and practitioners who share a common goal of supporting and advancing the independent living of older Canadians.

Research participation opportunities posted on CORE range from basic requests to distribute surveys or participate in interviews or focus groups, to more involved partnerships. To be included on CORE, they must:

1. Be consistent with requirements for all content on CORE:

• Be relevant to Healthy Aging, CBSS sector, and/or community organization/non-profit organizational development
• Be current
• Be from a reputable source
• Be reflective of best practice

2. Demonstrate a commitment to:

• knowledge mobilization and community impact (eg. show how the study will benefit the CBSS sector and/or the older adults it serves)
• bridging research and practice (eg. intent to inform practice/be informed by practice)
• transparency (eg. provide accessible and clear information regarding the research)
• ethics and accountability (eg. provide evidence of appropriate ethics review and approval)
• sharing results (eg. Following study completion, an executive summary of the study’s findings using plain language for non-academics will be provided for sharing on Healthy Aging CORE)
• providing a clear benefit to participants (eg. compensation or remuneration, or improvement of programs, services)

 

Please send to canada@healthyagingcore.ca a brief description of the research initiative, the timeframe (deadline), who can participate and how, and a brief note on how the above commitments will be met.

3) Featured Action Research Projects

Action research is a process of inquiry undertaken by and for those taking the action. Its purpose is to guide and inform improvements in practice, and it is typically a collaborative process, engaging service providers and community members with academic researchers.

Action research studies and reports included on CORE have been vetted to ensure they are relevant to healthy aging, current, and reflective of best practice. Submissions of action research projects should provide a plain-language summary that includes: Project Title; Brief Description, including key learning; Timeframe; Partners; Key Contact (and relevant links).

Click here for the Featured Action Research Projects Submission Template.

4) New CBSS Research

Research studies and reports included on CORE have been vetted to ensure they are relevant to healthy aging, current, and reflective of best practice. Submissions to this page should provide a plain-language summary that includes: Project Title; Brief Description, including key learning; Timeframe; Partners; Key Contact; and a PDF or link to the research report.

Click here for the New CBSS Research Submission Template.