Research Services

So you've got an idea for a collaborative research project - now what? We're here to help you! This section has answers to questions you may have if you're considering working with the Community Research Unit.

Who can initiate research projects?

Any community group or organization can talk to us about working on a collaborative community-based research project; you can be a local non-profit, registered charity or an informal group of citizens. Please note that our mandate is non-profit projects that will benefit the community; this means that we do not work with for-profit organizations or individuals.

What types of research projects are eligible?

To be eligible for consideration, a project must meet the following criteria:

  • the project will benefit a significant community of people, or serve the common good in a way that is intended to reach beyond the principals involved
  • the research is non-profit: knowledge outcomes will not be privatized or commercialized
  • the research is compatible with the mission, goals and principles of the CRU
  • the expertise and resources needed are available in the Faculty of Arts or University of Regina
  • the research is acceptable to the University's Research Ethics Board (if it is research involving human participants)

What kinds of expertise are found in the Faculty of Arts?

The Faculty of Arts is an incredibly diverse faculty with expertise in a wide range of areas. It contains fourteen departments: Anthropology, Economics, English, French, Geography, History, International Languages, Journalism, Justice Studies, Philosophy & Classics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology & Social Studies; nine programs: Arts & Culture Studies, Environmental Studies, Health Studies, Indian Languages, Literatures and Linguistics; Indigenous Studies, International Studies, Linguistics, Resource & Environmental Studies, Women's & Gender Studies. It also includes colleagues at the three federated colleges (Campion College, Luther College and First Nations University of Canada).

Faculty and student researchers in these areas have experience with a number of different research methods including surveys, interviews, focus groups, program evaluations, literature reviews, feasibility studies and more.

How will we set up the research project?

It all starts when you contact us with your research idea. The Coordinator will discuss your idea with you and if it is a good match with our university expertise, the Coordinator will help you develop a Research Proposal.

This proposal will be reviewed by the Community Research Unit's Board of Directors based on our eligibility criteria, the availability of resources and the benefit it brings to both the community and university. Proposals may be submitted on an ongoing basis, and are typically considered at monthly meetings in the fall and winter semesters. Once your project has received approval, the Coordinator will match the project with interested faculty and student researchers in the Faculty of Arts, or with others at the University of Regina.

All research partners (including your organization) will have a chance to meet to learn more about each other and to discuss research details. Depending on the research project, ethics approval may be sought from the University's Research Ethics Board.

Then the research can begin! As the research progresses, the CRU will offer support and guidance.

How will your project be funded?

The CRU can help you identify and apply for sources of funding for your research project. You can also consider applying for our Research and Action fund.

What happens once the research is done?

Our work is not done just because the research is completed! To meet our goal of mutual learning, the CRU will work with the research partners to make sure that this information is available to the community and university.

Creating a research dissemination plan involves a collaborative effort between research partners to identify the best ways to share knowledge for the project's particular purpose and target audience. Community Research Unit partners can use the Research Dissemination Toolkit (170.04 KB)PDF to develop a dissemination plan that ensures that their research is distributed to and understood by those who need it most.

Do you have an idea for a research project?

If you have an idea for a research project, we encourage you to contact us!