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Community Research Ethics Office
The Community Research Ethics Office (CREO) is open in the Waterloo Region. This innovative office was initiated by the Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) and is currently housed within and supported by CCBR. It is the first of its kind in Canada! CREO responds to the immediate urgency of community-based researchers to easily access an ethical support and review process. It offers a supportive environment that encourages community researchers to participate and collaborate in a process of ethical reflection that promotes awareness of ethical issues and maximizes ethical conduct of research. Community researchers (community members, service providers, members of organizations, and other individuals) can contact CREO for two different forms of support: for consultation and education or to access review of a research project or proposal. Community Researchers also have the ongoing opportunity to consult a Community Research Ethics Network. www.communityresearchethics.com
Find out about the public launch of the CREO Office here.
To learn more about CREO or to access CREO services, please contact Natalie Forde, CREO Coordinator at (519) 741-1318 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Initial Community Meeting
In January 2008, CCBR hosted an open community meeting to discuss the need and vision for ethical reviews of CBR in Waterloo Region. The meeting was attended by over 45 representatives from local community organizations, social institutions, government, non-governmental funders, and academics. The purpose of this meeting was to determine if there is a local need for ethics review and protocols in CBR and if so, how this can be accomplished in Waterloo Region. A main finding from the meeting was a strong need for a collective response in the near term. The meeting ended with a call for a working group to implement the ideas generated by meeting participants. Twelve people volunteered to join this working group. Read the report here.
Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study
In the fall of 2008, a steering committee was struck from the larger working group. The steering committee decided to develop a needs assessment and feasibility study to better understand the challenges associated with CBR and possible future actions that could be taken. In January, 2009 the CCBR team began conducting the needs assessment and feasibility study. By September, 2009, data collection was complete. In total, knowledge and ideas were shared by 74 people including academics, members of community organizations and peer researchers. Between September, 2009 and January, 2010 the information was analyzed and summarized with the purpose to share the findings and explore action strategies at another community forum.
Community Forum and the Development of the Community Research Ethics Office (CREO)
On Feb. 5, 2010 a community forum was held to share the findings from the needs assessment and feasibility study. Once again, multiple stakeholder groups participated in the forum. The overarching purpose of the community forum was to use what we have learned so far to develop a feasible approach for improving ethical review of/support for CBR that can be implemented in Waterloo Region. After the 2010 community forum, the steering committee grew in size and worked hard to combine the feedback from the community forum into one actionable approach to providing ethical support for CBR in Waterloo Region. This process is now complete and CREO has been implemented in Waterloo Region! Read the progress report here.
Formerly Centre for Research and Education in Human Services (CREHS)