Capturing the ‘insight’ dimension of Framework of Qualifications: learning from civic engagement

Dr. Josephine A. Boland's research interests relate to higher education policy and practice, as evidenced by her doctoral thesis ‘Embedding a civic engagement dimension within the higher education curriculum; a study of policy, process and practice in Ireland’. She is a part of a team of colleagues, students and community partners in NUIGalway developing a service learning project – ‘Learning to Teach for Social Justice’ – within the context of initial teacher education.

Sustaining Science Shops, A Guide to Developing Strategy and Policy

This publication draws lessons from the experiences of EU Science Shop/community-based research practitioners over the years. The guide was written by Eileen Martin and Emma McKenna at Queen's University Belfast and aims to support thinking about how community researchers contribute to policy development in their work. You can access the guide below or click on the webiste to access this and others reports here.

Community-based participatory research: A guide to ethical principles and practice

This is a very handy report for student and HEI, community staff researchers considering responsibility they have before embarking on a community-based research project.  All research raises questions about ethics: about the rigour, responsibility and respect of the practices of researchers. As a result, there are strict systems in place to encourage and enforce ethical practice.

The international Living Knowledge Network Resources for CBR

The international Living Knowledge Network (LK) is set up for people interested in building partnerships for public access to research. Members use the network platform and its tools for documentation and to exchange information, ideas, experiences and expertise on community-based research and science and society relations in general.

Building Capacity and Enhancing Quality Through Participatory Research

This community-based research initiative looks at How best to involve clients more meaningfully in the development of service provision. The overall goals of the partnership between NUIG and COPE were to:

Enable COPE Galway to use research to enhance the quality of services provision

Provide staff with an introduction to participatory research skills for use in their practice

Empower clients to make informed choices to influence service provision

Enable staff, clients and researchers to engage more effectively, positively and proactively

Youth Economic Particpation Initiative: Mobilizing Universities to Address the Youth Unemployement Crisis

Brief introduction;

The Youth Economic Parcipaton Initiatve responds to the universal gap between the realiFes of the job market, the ability of university-­‐educated youth to successfully parFcipate in the economy, and emerging definiFons of civic engagement as it relates to employment, vocaFonalism and leadership development. Understanding that universiFes hold an important responsibility to address these issues, YEPI aims to apply the extensive experFse and collaboraFon of university civic engagement programs to tackle the youth unemployment crisis.

An emergent model - Research, Knowledge Mobilization to Policy Impact

This example from the University of Albertais provides an integrated model of knowledge mobilization, that effectively connects research to public policy, via learning and education programmes in Canada. It considers research to knowledge mobilization and knowledge mobilization to inform political decisions - and ultimatley impacting community wellbeing.

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