Research Methods for Social Impact

Research Methods for Social Impact

(This course is for Canadian participants only)
February 22 – April 4, 2021
Application Deadline is February 15
Online Delivery

Increasingly, the importance of community-led innovation and research is being recognized by funders and other stakeholders as important to the resiliency and sustainability of communities and community-based organizations. This perception is rooted in the growing body of evidence supporting the importance of the community’s voice at the table when creating programs and policies that have an impact on them. Research Methods for Social Impact is designed to enhance participants’ capacity in developing the data gathering and analysis tools for research and evaluation for social impact.

This course is designed primarily for promoters of change and innovation from across Nova Scotia and throughout Canada. Through an interactive learning approach that models adult learning principles and uses asynchronous and synchronous learning modalities, participants will explore the social and ethical implications of community-based research, develop data gathering tools such as survey questionnaires, interview and focus group techniques, investigate approaches to data analysis and management, and examine ways to communicate results to different audiences.

Participants are encouraged to attend the 2.5 hour live class session Tuesday afternoons from 2 to 4:30 pm (AST). However, the live session will be recorded and available to participants through the course’s Moodle site if other commitments conflict. Course facilitators estimate students will need to set aside 6 hours a week to work through the course materials and assignments and attend the live (or listen to) the weekly session. A participant’s time commitment can vary, depending on how long it takes to get through the weekly required readings / videos, or if there are assignments due. There will also be the opportunity for one-on-one support and coaching from a course facilitator. Participants who successfully complete the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Coady International Institute of St. Francis Xavier University. There will also be the opportunity for one-on-one support and coaching from the course facilitator. Participants who successfully complete the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Coady International Institute of St. Francis Xavier University.

Technology Requirement

  • Reliable internet access (high speed is recommended)
  • Speakers and microphone

Fees

Tuition Fees for the course will be $650. Coady Institute strives to ensure access that participants working with marginalized communities have access to its courses. This is made possible through the provision of bursaries that are funded by many individual and institutional donors. Those receiving a bursary will be responsible for paying the balance of $350 CAD before the designated deadline.

Full Bursaries of $650 are available from the Centre for Employment Innovation for eligible applicants from Nova Scotia. This includes applicants working for (or in a Board Director position in) a program or agency engaged in employment services delivery (priority is given to Nova Scotia Works centres) as well as those engaged in social innovation activities to alleviate poverty, strengthen livelihoods and create more equitable employment and entrepreneurial opportunities with and for systemically oppressed groups, including African Nova Scotians, People of African Descent, persons with disability, First Nations, Indigenous Peoples, recent immigrants and racialized persons, and persons on Employment and Income Support Assistance.

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Coady International Institute does not accept third party applications. Individuals need to submit their application via Coady’s website and should use caution when approached by those offering services to complete the application and admissions process.