Word from the Director

Dear friends of CRECS,

When I joined CRECS seven years ago as a Senior Associate and at the start of a transition to an academic career, little did I know how pivotal the CRECS community would be in inspiring me to work with heart in addition to head and hands. The collegial relationships and shared values comprising the CRECS community have provided a sense of home; and the interdisciplinary collaborations have been stimulating and rewarding.

I am thus grateful and honoured to have recently been afforded the opportunity to serve as Director of CRECS. I thank the Deans of the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences, the Associate Vice President of Research Promotion and Development, and members of the CRECS community for expressing confidence in my ability to serve in this role. I look forward working alongside dynamic colleagues, partners, and collaborators to ensure that CRECS nurtures productive relationships across university faculties and between researchers and community members to pursue our vision of “inclusive knowledge, better society”.

During 2019-2020, the CRECS management team and community developed a strategic plan for the next five years. This plan reaffirmed our mission to work with community partners in the education, social service, and health sectors to co-create and mobilize knowledge to improve policies, programs and services through applied research, evaluation, and training. Over the next year, this plan will see us focus on renewing our governance and membership processes, the Graduate Diploma in Program Evaluation, and the supports, activities and services offered to the CRECS community. As always, we will also focus on community-centered research, evaluation, and knowledge mobilization activities—supported through professional development and training—that will have a positive impact in and beyond the university.

I look forward to an exciting and productive year. If you have questions about CRECS, please get in touch at crecs@uottawa.ca.

Peter Milley
CRECS Director

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