CRECS Noon-Hour Colloquia Series

January 28, 2020: Mark Currie

Title: Examining Public Pedagogies in Social Spaces for Antiracism

Description: Mark Currie is a PhD Candidate and Educator in the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. He focuses his research around public pedagogies, sociohistorical space, and enacting antiracisms. His doctoral examines how the Ontario Black History Society’s walking tour in downtown Toronto acts as an educational tool for engaging and (re)shaping sociohistorical spaces as antiracist geographies.    

February 20, 2020: Isabelle Bourgeois & David Buetti

Title : Evaluation Capacity Building in Community Organizations

Description : Community organizations (COs) play an essential role in improving the living conditions of citizens and in the collective defence of rights. In an effort to improve the impact of their actions and practices on collective well-being, more and more COs are showing interest in the use of evaluation. In practice, when designed to serve the interests of the community, evaluation has a positive impact on organizations and, by extension, on the citizens who use them. Despite the increased willingness of the community to use evaluation to inform their thinking, studies have shown that COs generally encounter barriers during the process. The presentation will highlight the factors that hinder the conduct of evaluations in a community setting, as identified in a sample survey of more than 100 Quebec-based COs in 2019. LaboÉval, a new initiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, aims to strengthen the evaluation capacity of community organizations through a training, research and evaluation approach. The first cohort of LaboÉval, as well as the activities planned for the year, will be presented as examples illustrating various organizational evaluation capacity building strategies.

March 24, 2020: Konrad Czechowski

Title: A Review of Homelessness and Sexuality

Description: This presentation will describe findings from a scoping review on homelessness and sexuality. Findings will highlight how research has conceptualized sexuality within the context of homelessness, often taking a risk-based perspective and rarely examining normative or positive aspects of sexuality among people who are homeless. 

April 16th 2020: Virginie Cobigo, Lynne Potvin and Hajer Chalghoumi 

Title: A conversation with research ethics boards about inclusive research with persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Description: Persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have the right to participate in research with dignity and respect. Information about persons with IDD is often acquired from third parties; however, this population is capable of, and wants to be included in, research. Nevertheless, current practices to protect persons with IDD from harm may preclude them from participating in research. Therefore, inclusive research requires ethical and practical considerations to ensure that persons with IDD are treated fairly. The research team employs inclusive research methods and engages in several projects that directly include persons with IDD. In this presentation, interactions with research ethics boards are used to illustrate the complexity of four aspects of ethical research with persons with IDD: (1) accessibility, (2) consent, (3) confidentiality, and (4) research participation risks.

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