cup 2014-15 annual report
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DESCRIPTIONThis is the annual report for the Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families (CUP), University of Alberta. It explores how we are fully engaged in our research, with our community and for our partners.
02 FULLY ENGAGED
The collaboration between community and university partners is what underpins our organization. CUP is a partnership that fully engages researchers, citizens, practitioners, and policy makers. Our work begins and ends with relationships among partners who bring together skills and knowledge to work on pressing social issues. Together we gather meaningful evidence and engage in shaping practice and policy from new knowledge.
Practice and policy should be grounded in the best evidence available. By bringing together resources and fostering relationships, CUP can help provide the ethical, rigorous community-based research and evaluation needed to improve practice and to inform sound policy.
This annual report celebrates some of the people, partners, and projects that have shaped CUP in the past year. It shares our excitement about some of our current and future work. Its a chance to connect faces and stories to the stacks of interview notes, observations, and raw data that provide the foundation for our mission.
We hope you find it engaging!
032014-15 Annual Report
LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR & STEERING COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS
When debating themes for this Annual Report, we kept returning to Fully Engaged. Why? After 15 years of hard work, CUP has become an integral voice in discussions throughout the community and on campus. Our Steering Committee (see page 4) continues to grow, its volunteer members eager to explore ways to improve and expand the connection between research and policy. We contribute our expertise to such significant initiatives as the Mayors Task Force for the Elimination of Poverty (see page 6). Our scope of work continues to expand, encompassing provincial and national partnerships including the ECMap project (see page 5) and the new Evaluation Capacity Network (see page 7). Our trainees, students, and staff continue to be sought-after leaders in community-based research, knowledge mobilization, and the scholarship of engagement (see pages 9-11).
I asked our Steering Committee Co-Chairs, Martin Garber-Conrad and Jeffrey Bisanz, the question, When it comes to CUP, what does the phrase fully engaged bring to mind? Heres what they said:
Members of the Steering Committee, from all over the community and university, deep in discussion about how to solve an immediate problem, how to frame an important but ill-defined issue, and how to use and grow CUPs strengths to advance knowledge and have a positive and tangible impact for children and families in our communities.
Studentsundergraduate and graduateparticipating fully in projects that challenge their thinking and channel their energies and intelligence as they learn how to do community-based research.
Research assistants and community partners who join CUP projects for the challenge of doing community-based work and who wind up contributing in creative and useful ways that no one could have predicted.
CUPs key faculty membersLaurie Schnirer, Maria Mayan, and Rebecca Gokiertworking overtime to support students, research assistants, and community partners for the purpose of creating outcomes that could only be accomplished through committed and enduring partnerships.
If we sound proud, we are! The CUP model of community-university engagement has proven to be sustainable and effective. So, what will CUP accom-plish in the next 15 years? Stay tuned.
Laurie SchnirerInterim Director
L to R: Martin Garber-Conrad, Laurie Schnirer and Jeffrey Bisanz
04 FULLY ENGAGED
Jeffrey Bisanz (Co-Chair) Department of Psychology University of Alberta
Martin Garber-Conrad (Co-Chair) Edmonton Community Foundation
Vera Caine Faculty of Nursing University of Alberta
Katy Campbell Faculty of Extension University of Alberta
Gloria Chalmers Community Member
Kourch Chan E4C
Michelle Craig Addiction and Mental Health Branch Alberta Health
Julian Daly Boyle Street Community Services
Sandy Davidge Women and Childrens Health Research Institute University of Alberta
Lionel Dibden Pediatrics University of Alberta
COMMUNITY-UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP2014-15
Jane Drummond Faculty of Nursing University of Alberta
Richard Enns Faculty of Social Work University of Calgary
Cecelia Fenrich Edmonton Catholic Schools
Donna-Mae Ford Multicultural Health Brokers Co-op
Sandy Forster / Jennifer Allen Edmonton Public Schools
Cheryl Gagnier / Judy Smith Community Services City of Edmonton
Sharla King Health Sciences Education and Research Commons University of Alberta
Susan Lynch Early Child Development Mapping Project (ECMap) University of Alberta
Christina Nsaliwa Edmonton Immigrant Services Association
Liz ONeill Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area
Michael Phair Community Member
Christina Rinaldi Faculty of Education University of Alberta
Christopher Smith Muttart Foundation
Jane Springett School of Public Health University of Alberta
Allan Undheim Community Building and Investment United Way of the Alberta Capital Region
Deanna Williamson Human Ecology University of Alberta
Wendy Yewman Community Member
Leann Wagner / Lora Pillipow / Lisa Sadownik Alberta Human Services
June 2015 CUP Steering Committee Meeting
052014-15 Annual Report
A MAP FOR THE FUTURE
The Early Child Development Mapping (ECMap) project may have ended in August 2014, but its impact lives on.
One hundred early childhood development (ECD) community coalitions continue to use ECMap resources to help focus their efforts throughout Alberta. ECMap community profiles help coalitions connect with others in their areas, as they consider ways to improve local supports for young children and their families. Additional funding from the Alberta government for each coalition has further enhanced this ongoing community focus on young children. Plans are underway to continue to use the Early Development Instrument (EDI) to collect ECD data, making it possible to track improvements over time in each community, and across the province as a whole.
In addition to their local efforts, ECD coalitions have actively contributed to a number of province-wide initiatives, including the Social Policy Framework and the Alberta Approach to Early Childhood Development.
ECMap has also proven its value at the provincial level, providing information to help determine locations for additional resources such as Parent Link Centres. As well, the EDI data will become part of an overall monitoring system to assess ECD results province-wide, and to identify areas for improvement. The rich data generated by ECMap is also proving valuable for other projects, including one that looks at mental health in children as they enter kindergarten.
The activity launched through the ECMap project will contribute to early childhood development initiatives in Alberta for years to come, at both a local and provincial level.
Susan Lynch CUP Associate Director
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Extension
Fort McMurray Early Years Coalition South West Edmonton Early Years (SWEY) Coalition
06 FULLY ENGAGED
TO END POVERTY, WE MUST FIRST UNDERSTAND IT
Given our long-term commitment to understanding poverty, CUP is thrilled to be lending its support to the Mayors Task Force for the Elimination of Poverty in Edmonton, and to the United Way of the Alberta Capital Regions Pathways Out of Poverty.
Our multifaceted support brings together the efforts of researchers, students, and the wider community and its leaders. By providing evidence-based insights into family poverty, CUP is helping to shape future policies and programs. We hope our contributions will help produce stronger families, healthier communities, and more effective systems and services.
Here are a few highlights from the past year:
CUP hosted three interactive workshops based on FFE outcomes. Topics included pathways out of poverty, accessibility of services, and housing and child care.
Many of CUPs members and partners have been involved in developing recommendations to help Edmontons children and families living in poverty. Jeff Bisanz and Maria Mayan are members of the Mayors Task Force. Jeff and Gloria Chalmers co-chaired a working group on early childhood development. Maria co-chaired a working group on community wellbeing and Laura Templeton was a member on the Information and Research Roundtable.
Laura is also partnering with the City of Edmonton, the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, and the Edmonton Community Foundation to explore FFEs deep, rich datasets for insights that will foster a balanced approach to program and service planning. Their findings continue to challenge perceptions about povertyespecially related to the types of families requiring supportsand the best methods for meeting their needs.
In 2001, CUP began exploring poverty in the Edmonton area, and its effect on families and children. Families First Edmonton (FFE) emerged from these discussions. FFE was a study reflecting the experiences of 1,200 families with children, living at or below the poverty line. By FFEs completion in 2012, we had built a legacy of trusted relationships with families, partners, stakeholders, researchers and funders; generated a wealth of data at the individual, family, community, and system levels; and improved scientific literacy and interest among program and policy decision makers. See familiesfirstedmonton.ualberta.ca for more details.
Maria MayanCUP Assistant Director