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Environmental scan of research activities in community-based organizations in Toronto

Members of the Toronto Community-Based Research Network (TCBRN) are undertaking an environmental scan of research and training/education activities among community organizations within the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). The purpose of this scan is to better understand what kind of local research is being done, and to provide an overview of the kinds of research activities that Toronto community based organizations participate in, with an emphasis on Community Based Research activities - those which equitably and actively involve community members as research partners. This information will contribute to furthering the work of the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network's efforts and its focus on education and research.

The scan includes two parts: (1) a survey of community-based organizations and (2) in-depth case studies of selected participatory research projects.

Calling all community organizations in central Toronto:

All community-based organizations (community-health centres, neighbourhood centres, settlement agencies, etc.) working within the Toronto Central LHIN are invited to participate in a survey about their research activities. (Click here to view a map of the LHIN boundaries).

The survey can be completed on-line or in writing and may take between 30 and 45 minutes to complete. Those organizations that participate in CBR will also have the option to contribute to a case study of a successful project or initiative.

To view and complete the survey on-line or request a written copy, please copy and paste this address into your browser:

We ask that each organization completes only one survey.

To learn more:

If you require further information about the project, please contact Ritu Chokshi at (416) 972-1010 ext. 225 or at

About the Toronto Community-Based Research Network

The mission of the Toronto CBR Network is to increase and sustain the capacity of local health and social service organizations and academic partners in the GTA to conduct effective Community-Based Research leading to evidence-based action and policy change.

The Toronto CBR Network is a vehicle to facilitate networking, collaboration, learning and action among community practitioners, academics, funders and community members from across the GTA who are or have been involved in CBR projects. Learn more and sign up on the Network's website at