Dear friends of the CRECS,
I am excited to take on the challenge of being Director of CRECS and I look forward to the opportunity to work alongside such dynamic colleagues. I thank the respective Deans of the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences and my colleagues for trusting me in this role. I particularly look forward to working closely with co-Director Virginie Cobigo, co-ordinator Alejandro Gomez and our creative CRECS Management committee as we foster partnerships among colleagues and members of the wider education, social and health communities. I have always believed that with the support of CRECS, researchers can collectively achieve so much more than they could alone. I will work to ensure that CRECS nurtures ongoing and productive partnerships across university faculties and between researchers and community members so that the evaluation and research work we do, serves our many communities through building capacity and advancing knowledge.
The consultation and strategic planning of 2017-2018 provided CRECS with direction for the years ahead. A priority in the coming year is to build our uOttawa student community, including students from the Graduate Diploma in Program Evaluation. Students will have unique opportunities for training in evaluation and research, and for networking with researchers, evaluators and community partners in the varied projects lead by CRECS senior researchers. CRECS senior researchers will be invited to collaborate in community-centered research and evaluation activities and their work will be supported through professional development and training in knowledge mobilization activities. I look forward to a very engaging year and to meeting and working with you all.