We believe university researchers and community members have a lot to learn from one another.

This section of the Downtown Eastside Research Access Portal (DTES RAP) offers resources for community groups/organizations and university-based researchers interested in engaging in community-based research (CBR).

CBR is a collaborative process and good CBR makes research more beneficial for everyone involved. The below resources speak to distinct steps along the way.

Suggest Items to Add to the DTES RAP

The DTES RAP is continually working on making more resources about the DTES accessible, including academic research articles, community publications, reports, tools and guides, and historical documents.

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How to Make Research Accessible

DTES RAP, Open Access, stigma-free materials, sharing beyond journal articles

Toolkit: “How to Talk About People Who Use Drugs”

Manitoba Harm Reduction Network

A compact checklist to create stigma free media products and write respectfully about people who use drugs.

Link Roundup: “Share Your Work”

Creative Commons

Creative Commons, a global body that provides open-copyright licences, offers free, simple, and standardized ways to grant copyright permissions for creative and academic works to be shared publicly.

Link Roundup: “What Are Creative Commons and Open Licenses?”

BC Campus

A quick explanation of Creative Commons and Open licenses, provided by BC Campus – OpenEducation. This organization also offers additional information on open educational resources.

Link Roundup: “Knowledge Mobilization Resources”

Research Impact Canada

Research Impact Canada offers a range of tools, trainings, and more on knowledge mobilization, including plain language checklists, needs assessment tools, and examples of Research Snapshots (article summaries).

Link Roundup: “Community-Based Knowledge Transfer and Exchange: Helping Community-Based Organizations Link Research to Action”

Co-authored by: Michael Wilson, John Lavis, Robb Travers, Sean Rourke

This article includes informative tables linking knowledge transfer and exchange activities with CBR methods and initiatives.

Link Roundup: “Community-Based Participatory Research and Integrated Knowledge Translation: Advancing the Co-creation of Knowledge”

Co-authored by: Janet Jull, Audrey Giles, Ian Graham

By better understanding the similarities and differences between CBR and knowledge translation, researchers and community-based knowledge users can leverage best practices.

Toolkit: “Tips for Communicating Research to Stakeholders”

Research Retold

Three tips to consider when sharing research findings.

Toolkit: “Guide to Communicating Research Beyond Academia”

Research Retold

Two chapters of this guide can be downloaded for free; the website also lists the resources mentioned in the guide, including software to create visual summaries, database with free icons, and other data visualization tools.

How to Do Ethical and Community-Based Research

Consultation process, methodology, framing expectations with, by, and for communities

Toolkit: “Key Practices for Community Engagement in Research on Mental Health or Substance Abuse”

LGBTQ Health

This guide offers 10 principles and key practices of doing community-based research, with a focus on research on mental health or substance abuse.

Co-authored by: Vivien Runnels, Elizabeth Hay, Elyse Sevign, Paddi O’Hara

This paper considers the exceptional challenges of doing community-engaged research with people who are homeless, from informed consent, protecting research participants and researchers, and determining appropriate compensation for participants.

Toolkit: “Tips & Traps: A Layman’s Guide to Using Shelter Data for Homelessness Research

Authored by: Harvey Low

This PowerPoint provides guidance for researchers on how to best use shelter data to address homelessness.

Co-authored by: Elizabeth Estey, Janet Smylie, Ann Macaulay

This resource provides an overview of key tools on doing ethical research with Aboriginal peoples, including CIHR Guidelines, the Tri-Council Policy Statement, the 4 R’s of research, and the OCAP principles.

Toolkit: “Guidelines for Conducting Research with People who are Homeless”

York Research

Created by the York University’s Human Participants Review Committee, this guide provides direction and procedures for university-based researchers on how to do research with people who are homeless.

Toolkit: “Our Plan & Our Words: Mapping Downtown Eastside Community Assets and Challenges”

Carnegie Community Action Project

This report provides an example of how to use community mapping as a tool to bring together local residents to share their knowledge and experiences.

Toolkit: “What Work and for Whom? Part 2 – A Framework for Designing and Implementing Promising Practices Research”

Canadian Homelessness Research Network

This guide applies a framework of promising practices to assess initiatives for their effectiveness in addressing homelessness (Part II of a two-part resource).

Toolkit: “Research Ethics: A Guide for Community Organizations”

PACE Society / Raven Bowen

This guide addresses ethical issues in doing research with sex workers that can extend to other marginalized people. It includes a section with practical questions to consider in doing research with organizations.

Link Roundup: “Cultural Humility”

Vivian Chavez

A 30-minute documentary explaining the concept of cultural humility.

Link Roundup: “Cultural Humility in Teaching & Learning”

UBC Learning Circle / Evan Adams

This resource introduces the concept of cultural humility, aimed at ensuring cultural safety, i.e. creating an environment free of racism and discrimination and where people feel safe and respected. Used in health service delivery, the concept is also useful in the context of doing research.

Link Roundup: “Cultural Humility”

First Nations Health Authority

A video resource on the concepts of cultural humility, safety, and competence.

Link Roundup: “Community-Based Research”

Centre for Community Based Research

The Centre for Community Based Research YouTube channel has several videos and web seminars dedicated to the CBR approach and its application.

Link Roundup: “Community-Based Research”

Trent Community Research Centre

Trent Community Research Centre’s YouTube channel offers a series of short videos on CBR.

Toolkit: “Power through Partnerships: A CBPR Toolkit for Domestic Violence Researchers”

Co-authored by: Lisa Goodman, Kristie Thomas, Josephine Serrata, Carrie Lippy, Nkiru Nnawulezi, Susan Ghanbarpour, Rebecca Macy, Cris Sullivan, Megan Bair-Merritt

This toolkit is for researchers considering using a CBR approach to research on domestic violence.

Link Roundup: “Community Based Research Approach”

Community Based Research Canada

Community Based Research Canada (CBR Canada), a national facilitator of CBR, offers a range of introductory video resources.

Link Roundup: “TCPS 2 – Chapter 9: Research Involving First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada”

Tri-Council Canada

One of several tools developed by SSHRC/Tri-Council to support those working in Indigenous research.

Link Roundup: “Distanced Community-Based Research”

Simon Fraser University CERi

SFU’s Community-Engaged Research initiative (CERi)’s webinars on how to continue community-centred research during a pandemic (with links to YouTube video recordings).

Toolkit: “Thinking about Working with External Researchers?”

Centre for Community Based Research

A handy check-list for communities and community organizations considering working with outside researchers.

Link Roundup: “UNESCO Chair on Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education”


Repository of resources collected and created by the UNESCO Chair on Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education. Although international in scope, the resources and examples translate to local contexts.

Toolkit: “Empowering Informed Consent – Pamphlet” / “Empowering Informed Consent – Report”

Hives for Humanity

A convenient card-style pamphlet about developing ongoing informed consent for CBR. An accompanying full report is available as well.

Link Roundup: “Research 101: A Process for Developing Local Guidelines for Ethical Research in Heavily Researched Communities”

Co-Authored by: Scott Neufeld, Jule Chapman, Nicolas Crier, Samona Marsh, Jim McLeod, Lindsay Deane

This article reports on the project creating the “Manifesto for Ethical Research in the Downtown Eastside”, offering insights and empowering resources for community organizations entering university research partnerships.

Toolkit: “Community Engaged Research Ethical Principles”

Simon Fraser University CERi

This website outlines ten ethical principles for community-engaged research, including harm and risk reduction, attention to context, focus on relationships, and more.

Toolkit: “Community-Driven Research”

Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

Many First Nations communities and organizations have implemented guides or established frameworks around conducting research. This website offers one example for the contex of Ontario.

Toolkit: “Community Resource Handbook: A Guide to Community-Engaged Research”

Simon Fraser University CERi

A practical and accessible guide designed for community-serving organizations, students, and researchers who aim to advance community interests through research. The handbook provides a framework to guide the development of community engaged research projects, focusing on ethics, research methods, procedures, and potential challenges.

How to Plan a Community-Campus Research Partnership

Project collaboration, representation, clarifying contributions

Link Roundup: “Principles for Researchers Working with VANDU”

Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU)

This page offers a list of principles for researchers working with VANDU, the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, as well as discusses research agreements.

Link Roundup: “VANDU Manifesto for a Drug User Liberation Movement”

Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU)

The manifesto of VANDU (a liberation movement of people who use drugs) provides information on how to ensure representation of drug users.

Toolkit: “Hierarchy of Evidence for Promising Practices Research”

Canadian Homelessness Research Network

This document (Part I of a two-part resource) defines a framework on what works and for whom in addressing homelessness. It provides a set of criteria to identify, choose, and share promising practices.

Link Roundup: “Assessing Partnership Approaches to Improve Public Health”

Co-authored by: Barbara Israel, Amy Schulz, Edith Parker, Adam Becker

This article situates and provides an overview of health-oriented community-based research as well as discusses challenges and facilitating factors.

Link Roundup: “Establishing a Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership among People Who Use Drugs in Ottawa: The PROUD Cohort Study”

Kristen Weersink, Dolly Lin, Kira Mandryk, Mark Tyndall, the PROUD Community Advisory Committee

This paper describes how a research partnership was established between university-based researchers and a Community Advisory Committee to conduct community-based participatory project to understand drug use.

Toolkit: “Community Based Research Excellence Tool”

Community Based Research Canada

Offered by CBR Canada in the form of a hosted workshop, the Community Based Research Excellence Tool (CBRET) is a reflective tool that assesses the quality and impact of projects (request quote for workshop pricing).

Toolkit: “The First Nations Principles of OCAP®”

First Nations Information Governance Centre

The First Nations principles of OCAP® include four components: Ownership, Control, Access and Possession, and were established as standards on how First Nations data should be collected, protected, used, or shared (request quote for workshop pricing).

Toolkit: “G.R.O.W + L.I.F.T. Checklist”

Community-Based Research Centre

The Community-Based Research Centre CBRC prepared a tool for (primarily) university researchers to check how effectively their research is serving the communities/community organizations they (hope to) work with.

Toolkit: “Ethical Research Engagement with Indigenous Youth: Seven Requirements”

Yellowhead Institute

This factsheet is part of the Indigenous Youth Voices Report, A Way Forward in Conducting Research With and By Indigenous Youth.

Toolkit: “The Principles of Trustworthiness”

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

The AAMC’s 10 Principles of Trustworthiness emphasize that the process of engagement is as important as the product and frame engagement as the act of establishing trust with community stakeholders. The toolkit provides guiding materials to help build relationships and facilitate discussions with communities to unpack the Principles of Trustworthiness.

Toolkit: “In It Together: Community-Based Research Guidelines for Communities and Higher Education”

Community Research Collaborative

The Community Research Collaborative’ s guide designed for campus- and community-based folks offers six principles for collaborative research. It also provides a Partnership Agreement template.

How to Use Research for the Public Good

Knowledge exchange and knowledge mobilization strategies to create positive change in communities

Link Roundup: “Community Vision for Change in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside”

Carnegie Community Action Project

This report is an example of how results from a community-engaged consultation process can be shared.

Link Roundup: “Coming Together: Homeless Women, Housing and Social Support”

Co-authored by: Izumi Sakamoto, Josie Ricciardi, Jen Plyler, Natalie Wood, Aisha Chapra, Matthew Chin, Billie Allan, Rose Cameron, Monica Nunes

This report includes an informative section on knowledge translation strategies as well as an exemplary section on policy recommendations.

Link Roundup: “Community-Based Participatory Approaches to Knowledge Translation: HIV Prevention Case Study of the Investigaytors Program”

Co-authored by: Jeffrey Mogan, Cameron Schwartz, Olivier Ferlatte, Caroline Mniszak, Nathan Lachowsky, Jody Jollimore, Mark Hull, Rod Knight

This article discusses a community-based participatory research approach to knowledge translation, specifically via the engagement of community stakeholders in an intervention aimed at facilitating access to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis.

Toolkit: “The Community Impacts of Research Oriented Partnerships (The CIROP Measure)”

Impact Measure

While an older tool, this checklist to measure community members’ perceptions of the impact of a research partnership points to the different areas in which research can create impact (or not).

Toolkit: “Knowledge Translation (KT) Planning Primer”

Public Health Agency of Canada

This short guide includes good primers to consider around how to share research knowledge.

Toolkit: “Knowledge Translation Planning Template”

The Hospital for Sick Children

A template with a set of checkboxes that will help researchers and participants develop a knowledge mobilization plan. Developed to be used in all areas of research.

Toolkit: “Impact Strategy Assessment Checklist for Grant Applications”

York University and Kids Brain Health Network

A brief checklist, developed for grant applications, but also useful as a planning tool for knowledge mobilization aspects of your research.

Link Roundup: “The Co-produced Pathway to Impact Describes Knowledge Mobilization Processes”

Co-authored by: David Phipps, Debra Pepler, Wendy Craig, Joanne Cummings, Shelley Cardinal

This article describes the ‘Co-produced Pathway to Impact’ model of knowledge mobilization, illustrating the benefits of university-community collaboration in sharing knowledge.

Toolkit: “Knowledge Translation (KT) for Indigenous Communities: A Policy Making Toolkit”

Co-authored by: P. Gaye Hanson, Janet Smylie

This toolkit aims to assist community policy makers in the development of specifically health-related Knowledge Translation policy, at the First Nation, Inuit or Métis community level.

Toolkit: “COVID-19 Language Guide”

BC Centre for Disease Control

This tool provides language guidelines designed to make COVID-19 written and digital content more inclusive. Inclusive messaging makes it more likely for people to see the content as relevant to their situation and experiences, therefore increasing the chances they will act on it.