Community Voices sets direction for Rosetown
January 18, 2013
SPHERU researchers recently completed a project in collaboration with the Rosetown Regional Family and Community Services (RRFCSS) to determine the supports needed for people within their community.
The project concluded with a community dialogue night to share study findings with the public, encourage collective discussion of community strengths and challenges, and prioritize future directions for Rosetown.
The event was part of the recently completed Community Voices: Building a Foundation for the Future project. The multi-method project included other elements, such as an environmental scan, semi-structured interviews and focus groups.It involved collaboration between SPHERU researchers and the Rosetown Regional Family and Community Support Services (RRFCSS).
“This initiative is very much a partnership among RRFCSS, university researchers and the Rosetown community,” said Dr. Bonnie Jeffery, who led the study. “Together, we hope what we learn will help shape policy and inform development of programs to improve quality of life.”
The Community Voices: Building a Foundation for the Future study had two main objectives: 1) to identify strengths and challenges of community supports and services in Rosetown; and 2) to identify local solutions and prioritize future directions to support the continued growth of Rosetown.
The findings highlighted four groups as having priority needs: young families, teenagers, seniors and people new to the community. The project resulted in the development of three reports: an environmental scan of Rosetown; a toolkit documenting the project's methods and approaches; and a final report summarizing the research findings.
The research team used innovative strategies to facilitate effective knowledge translation throughout the project. These activities included: an information table at a community trade show; distribution of more than 300 information and fact sheets at a community parade; media releases; formal letters of invite to local decision-makers; a radio interview; three newspaper articles; informational posters to local businesses and organizations; a community presentation; and online dissemination of the research findings.
Funded by RRFCSS and the MITACS-Accelerate Graduate Research Internship Program, the project supported a research mentoring opportunity for Carolyn Tran (MSW Student) under the supervision of Juanita Bacsu and Dr. Bonnie Jeffery of SPHERU.
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