Collaborative research opportunities

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UVic students help Our Place serve Victoria's most vulnerable as part of a service evaluation research project.

We collaborate with community, government and industrial partners to address research needs in our community.

Research partnership opportunities provide mutual benefits for researchers, students and community partners. Explore the resources and research partnership opportunities below to learn more.

Find a research partner

Interested in exploring a research idea or question? Whether you’re a community or industry organization, or a UVic student or faculty member looking to collaborate, tell us about your research idea and we'll try to help connect you to the right people to move your project forward.

Current research partnership opportunities

North Park Needs Assessment

Opportunity

The North Park Neighbourhood Association is seeking UVic faculty members interested in conducting this research project and/or supervising a UVic graduate student to conduct a needs assessment in Victoria’s North Park neighbourhood. The needs assessment seeks to gather information about the health, wellness, and social inclusion of those living, working, and spending time in North Park. The goal of the needs assessment will be to employ a strategic and informed process for determining and addressing needs, and identifying the gaps between current conditions and desired conditions in North Park. 

The needs assessment seeks to develop a picture of who is being underserved, underrepresented, and marginalized in order to inform policy, guide investment decisions (i.e. capital investments, operating budgets, procurement and grants), and distribute social services appropriately. The information received will be used to make informed budget requests to the City of Victoria, and to guide programming decisions made by the North Park Neighbourhood Association. This project addresses healthy aging, positive mental health, and social connectedness/family connectedness.

Selected applicants will be invited to discuss their specific areas of focus to narrow the project scope. 

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Compensation

$8,000 is currently available to fund this research project and can be leveraged for other funding programs as appropriate (e.g., Mitacs Accelerate).

Interested?

Please send a brief email outlining your relevant background/experience and your interest in the proposed project to Jen Kyffin at communityresearch@uvic.ca asap.

Graduate students: Graduate students must include the name of the faculty member who agrees to support their research (e.g., must be willing to be listed as the PI on human research ethics application) and the faculty member supervisor must be copied/cc’d on the email application.

Men to women-focused substance abuse recovery

Opportunity

The Mustard Seed Street Church is looking to re-open Hope Farm Healing Centre, an addiction healing centre which connects people in recovery with the land while offering healing counselling services. The Mustard Seed is considering switching to a women-focused recovery program and are looking to gather evidence about gaps in service for recovery programming. This research will support decision-making on whether The Mustard Seed should move to a women-focused program.

The Mustard Seed Street Church is seeking a UVic researcher(s) to explore:

  • What is the need for women’s recovery homes compared to men’s recovery homes, and are these needs met or unmet on southern Vancouver Island?
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Expressions of interest

Please reach out to Jen Kyffin communityresearch@uvic.ca as soon as possible if you would like to learn more about this opportunity. Our office will respond to interested parties about next steps.

**Please note, UVic graduate students are welcome to apply to this opportunity if a faculty member agrees to supervise their work.

Multidisciplinary research internship course for graduate students (GS 505)

GS 505: Research and Evaluation in Children + Family Services

Working with instructors Gordon Miller and Wayne Mitic, and mentors in the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD), students work on one research question to produce solutions as they relate to needs and programming that are immediately applicable to our province.

To get a better sense of the range of research questions looked at in this course, read this.

This course is valued at 1.5 credits (with your graduate department adviser's permission) and each participant is eligible to receive up to $200 CAD in support of project expenses. It is usually offered in second term (January to April). 

More information

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Previous opportunities

Successful Youth Leadership Programs

Leadership Victoria was seeking a UVic researcher to develop and conduct a research project exploring what successful youth leadership programs look like in the Greater Victoria area. Please review the Research Partnership Opportunity for more details.

UVic Community Partnerships has identified a faculty lead for this project; however, there may be additional opportunities for faculty members and graduate students. Please contact  if you are interested in this or other opportunities. 

Would you like to receive calls for research partnership opportunities like this? Email  to stay in the know.

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Social feasibility study for the establishment of a Global MakerSpace

The Inter-Cultural Association (ICA) of Greater Victoria has proposed the establishment of a Global MakerSpace in Victoria. The ICA is seeking a UVic researcher to conduct a social research feasibility study in collaboration with the ICA.

UVic Community Partnerships has identified a faculty lead for this project; however, there may be additional opportunities for faculty members and graduate students. Please contact  if you are interested in this or other opportunities. 

Would you like to receive calls for research partnership opportunities like this? Email  to stay in the know.

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Early years program - State of the Child report

Reference number: COMM - 0065

Deadline for expression of interest was May 11, 2017

This opportunity is open to UVic graduate students with faculty supervision.

Research opportunity with a local children and family focused multi-organization led program to support the development of a State of the Child report, which will take available data, layer it and create a picture of experiences that young children and their families encounter in the Victoria region.

The opportunity is flexible and can be tailored to students’ interests and competencies. Students will work in collaboration with the program coordinator to:
• collect and synthesize literature and data from diverse sources
• analyze data to identify interconnections
• develop accessible materials and reports

Potential benefits:

• Research: Gain experience locating, gathering, comparing data
• Writing: Gain experience in taking research and creating material that is accessible and easy to understand
• Graphic Design: Gain experience designing information reports, marketing material and develop social media material
• Mentorship and Networking: Receive mentoring and guidance from program coordinator and other local professionals from the early years and family support sectors

Timeline:

Beginning approximately June 2017, part-time, flexible hours for approximately 3 months

Compensation:

$1200; project may be suitable for directed studies

Expression of interest:

Please submit a brief expression of interest (one page or less) outlining your relevant background/experience and your interest in the proposed project to by 4 pm, May 11, 2017

Questions:

Please contact for more information

Community engagement project with local community association

Reference number: COMM - 0067

Deadline for expression of interest was March 13, 2017

This opportunity was open to UVic graduate students with faculty supervision.

Support a local community focused organization to fulfill its service mandate and operational goals while working with a team of volunteers and staff to:

• support development of community engagement tools, e.g. surveys, community activities
• support development community engagement plan
• contribute to the development of community engagement report

Potential benefits:
• conducting research to identify community needs
• contributing to research that can be applied in a meaningful way to the community
• networking opportunities with professionals and community members

Timeline: to be determined

Compensation: limited; project may be suitable for directed studies

More information

Please contact or 250-472-4335.

Youth masculine identities and healthy relationships

Reference number: COMM - 0066

Deadline for expression of interest was March 13, 2017

This opportunity was open to UVic graduate students with faculty supervision.

Research opportunity with a local organization to work collaboratively with a program coordinator to evaluate a program or explore aspects of a program focused on self-identified ‘males’ aged 14-19 that explores themes of healthy relationships, masculine identities, and more.

The research project in collaboration with the organization may involve one or more of the following:
• qualitative research data collection (e.g., pre/post surveys, focus groups)
• analyzing data to assess and evaluate the program
• developing a report to share findings

Potential benefits:
• Research: Gain experience in qualitative data collection, data analysis and program evaluation
• Writing: Gain experience in translating research findings to accessible communication materials (e.g., community report)
• Mentorship and Networking: Receive mentoring and guidance from program coordinator and others

Timeline: to be determined

Compensation: limited compensation available depending on funding; project may be suitable for directed studies

More information

Please contact or 250-472-4335.

Other ways to collaborate

If you want to get involved with UVic research but aren't sure where to start, consider hiring a co-op student, supporting a research project or looking into fee-for-service work.

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