Community Based Research Project (CBR): program evaluation of two community-university collaboration projects. Two CBR projects were conducted (September 2006-May 2007). Both involved program evaluations of community-school-university collaborations. A graduate student service-learning component was incorporated into both projects.
Weekly seminars in research methods (qualitative) were combined with hands-on instructional workshops and field-based research activities. The discussions of research methods included issues of research design and data collection, analysis, and presentation as well as some of the issues endemic to community-based research. Representatives from the community organizations also participated in the seminar when appropriate.
The research findings have been presented at three conferences and are currently being written up for publication. A brief description of each project and the research activities is provided below.
- ACE (Advanced Credit Experience) was developed by the York/Westview Partnership in cooperation with the Toronto District School Board. It is a five-month program that provides secondary school students in the Jane/Finch community with the opportunity to participate in an advanced post-secondary credit experience. The research involved interviews and focus groups with the program facilitators and student participants.
- Promoting Excellence is a six-week summer program for Grade 8 students from the Jane/Finch community. The aim is to facilitate the transition from intermediate to secondary school. An initiative of the Caring Village, a non-profit network of educational, social service, and community-based organizations, Promoting Excellence brings together personnel and resources from a number of organizations including city parks and recreation, the community health centre, the school board, the university, and the York University Faculty Association. The research evaluation was formative in orientation and included interviews and focus groups with program facilitators, teachers, mentors, staff, and participants. See: Program Evaluation Findings Report
→The Perceptions of Teenage Girls of High School Culture: A focus group study of the politics of race in an inner-city high school (February 2006)
→Afro Caribbean and Indo Caribbean youths’ experiences & perceptions of gender socialization and sex-role learning processes. Interview-based study (March-June 2007)