Collaborative Housing Research Network
The CHRN will be an independent, Canada-wide collaboration of academics and community partners focused on holistic research of housing conditions, needs and outcomes in the following thematic priority areas of the NHS.
- Housing for those in greatest need;
- Community Housing Sustainability;
- Northern Housing;
- Sustainable Housing and Communities;
- Balanced Supply of Housing.
Furthermore, the CHRN will provide objective, recognized, and high-quality research that can be used to support housing policy decision-making and inform future program development. The Network is expected to:
- Generate New Knowledge
- Conducting research across a nationally-linked network of researchers and housing related stakeholders (across all disciplines);
- Bridge Gaps Between Research Outcomes And Impact On Housing
- Accelerating translation of research discoveries into applications, best practices and/or the marketplace;
- Developing, validating and evaluating interventions that change significant aspects of practice;
- Evaluating the outcomes of different housing interventions to identify and document health, social and other impacts.
To achieve these objectives, the Network will:
- Possess world-class capacity to address identified research challenges or opportunities;
- Build a critical mass of expertise on a national scale to provide research leadership;
- Enhance impact by bringing together a unified group of researchers and other stakeholders;
- Identify key knowledge gaps and develop national/international collaborations among researchers and knowledge users to address those gaps;
- Integrate research and knowledge translation projects into a coordinated program to generate solutions that will be implemented to produce social and economic benefits for Canadians;
- Incorporate a training and career development mandate targeted to National Housing Strategy priority research areas;
- Promote and facilitate the sharing of ideas, tools, methods, resources and the dissemination of research outcomes.
Each funded team will involve academics, community organizations, students, and other interested partners, and be rooted in principles of community-based research. This approach to research that equitably involves, for example, community members, organizational representatives, and researchers in all aspects of the research process and in which all partners contribute expertise and share decision making and ownership will be key. The aim of community-based research is to increase knowledge and understanding and integrate the knowledge gained with interventions and policy and social change to improve health and quality of life.
Phase 1: SSHRC Partnership Development Grants
This funding opportunity is the first stage in the development of the Collaborative Housing Research Network, and offers two types of funded projects for individual teams that would potentially constitute the anticipated Network:
- Thematic Research Nodes will bring together a unified group of researchers and other stakeholders. Each node will be coordinated by a project director and responsible to focus on one thematic research area – aligned with the National Housing Strategy priority areas of action;
These individual teams, the nodes, would be linked together, via the National Knowledge Mobilization Hub, in a “network of networks” that, through research activities and creating knowledge will be greater than the sum of its parts. Nodes will be expected to work together directly with each other, in addition to connecting through the hub.
- The Hub will coordinate research collaboration and planning internally between the nodes, as well as externally to academia, government and the housing community. It will also manage reporting and focus on knowledge mobilization within the network and externally. External knowledge mobilization will include developing and managing a website including a blog and other related activities.
Applicants can apply to develop either a Thematic Research Node or the National Knowledge Mobilization Hub. If applying for a Thematic Node, the application must identify one of the 5 priority themes above on which the team will focus its research efforts.
SSHRC Partnership Development Grants Objectives
In addition to the network objectives above, SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (PDG) proposals are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight and Connection program whereas proposals for a hub must respond to the Connection program only.
Partnership Development Grants provide support over one year to teams/partnerships, led by a project director, to:
- Develop interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary, multi-sectorial research plans and related activities in all fields related to housing (e.g. social sciences and humanities, engineering, architecture, health, intervention research, etc.) including knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of students and new scholars, by fostering new partnerships for research and related activities involving existing and/or potential partners; or
- Design and test new partnership approaches for research and related activities that may result in best practices or models that either can be adopted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level.
SSHRC Partnership Development Grants funding is intended exclusively for teams working in formal collaboration between academic institutions and non-academic organizations of various types.
A formal partnership is a bilateral or multilateral formal collaboration agreement between an applicant and one or more partner organizations, of which at least one must be a Canadian postsecondary institution and at least one must be different from the institution or organization that will administer the grant funds. Partnerships must be between academic institutions and one or more non-academic partner organizations. These partner organizations agree and commit to work collaboratively to achieve shared goals for mutual benefit. Partner organizations must provide evidence attesting to the commitment that has been agreed upon.