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									                          The Community and Practice Research Initiative
                           A Proposal to the MSI Foundation, April 2008
Who we are
For more than a decade, health organizations looking to build research capacity in Alberta have
trusted the resources available through the SEARCH Classic and Custom programs. Developed
and honed in the Applied Research portfolio of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical
Research (AHFMR), these programs formed the core of SEARCH Canada when it transitioned in
2005 to a not-for-profit entity funded by AHFMR, Alberta’s nine Health Regions and the
Universities of Alberta and Calgary.
The SEARCH Classic Program, now in its sixth, two-year cycle, engages participants from a variety
of disciplines, representing every health region in Alberta, the ministry of health, physicians and
other health organizations. Faculty, seconded on a part-time basis from Alberta universities and
colleges, deliver innovative curriculum designed to develop skills for “Using”, “Choosing” and
“Creating” research for application to policy, practice and service delivery. Participants come to
Classic with academic preparation ranging from professional diplomas to PhDs and engage with
the curriculum in ways that build on their knowledge and make sense for their personal and
professional development.
Over 12 years, SEARCH faculty and staff have become adept at coaching novice researchers,
successfully mentoring 29 “provincial” projects involving multi-disciplinary, multi-regional and
cross-sectoral teams. As part of these projects, teams of three to eight address research questions
arising from the practice environment, developing proposals that conform to acceptable
benchmarks of quality and ethical standards. They also collect and analyze data and engage
decision makers. State-of-the-art “desktop” technology, designed in collaboration with the Centre
for Health Evidence (CHE), provides participants with access to curriculum materials, licensed
resources, knowledge management tools and collaborative workspaces - during the program and
Today, SEARCH Canada has more than 150 “SEARCHers” plus 18 faculty in six academic
institutions linked into a provincial learning network. This network is nurtured and enhanced by
SEARCH Custom program, which provides support for community-based initiatives within a
geographic area. This includes support for research projects, courseware offerings that combine e-
learning with facilitated workshops and consolidation of skills through project work and
facilitation of relevant communities of practice. SEARCH Custom faculty - Research Development
Advisors (RDAs) - are seconded from universities and colleges on a part-time basis and work with
Custom staff to help local regions build enduring research capacity in ways that fit with their
existing strengths and organizational priorities. RDAs are currently based in six Alberta Health
Regions. SEARCH, in collaboration with the Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical
Institutes (AACTI), is actively recruiting three more to work with regions not yet represented.

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The experience gained through delivery of these programs and our networks of evidence savvy
practitioners and academic partners strongly position SEARCH Canada to execute this initiative.
This funding allows us to extend the reach of our capacity building resources to primary care
physicians and public health practitioners, in multi-disciplinary teams, and to provide financial
support to enable the completion of quality projects arising from practice.
School of Public Health, University Of Alberta
The new School (Faculty) of Public Health at the University of Alberta looks forward to being an
active partner in the MSI Community Practice Research Initiative. With 35 faculty members and
more than 200 graduate students from a wide range of disciplines, the School is well positioned to
contribute subject matter expertise, to support research coaches, and to engage student
participants. The Alberta Injury Control and Research Centre (ACICR) is committed to sharing its
experience with the operation of a province-wide seed grant program for community capacity
building. The Centre for Health Promotion Studies has extensive community-based research and
evaluation experience including the large Healthy Alberta Communities project. The School places
significant academic value on applied scholarship for all staff. In partnership with SEARCH
Canada, a new joint faculty position focused on knowledge transfer and exchange is being actively
recruited and this individual will be an important contributor to the Community Practice Research
Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary
The first graduate students were admitted to the Department of Community Health Sciences in
1977. Since that time, Community Health Sciences has become a vibrant graduate training
program with over 100 graduate students and has developed a substantial presence in health
services and population health research. Our commitments to undergraduate training, health
research and to community-based capacity-building create a natural fit and a mutually beneficial
alliance between Community Health Sciences/Centre for Health and Policy Studies and SEARCH
Canada. As such, we share faculty, curriculum, training experiences and research opportunities.
In so doing, we act together to strengthen community-based research, while receiving the benefits
of collaboration and educational inputs from SEARCH Canada. As part of the intent of the Centre
for Health and Policy Studies to have community partnerships, CHAPS is the host for SEARCH
Canada. At the same time, SEARCH Canada is providing invaluable input and support for
research in the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program, Health and Society Stream.

MSI Community Practice Research Initiative Objectives
The objectives of the Community Practice Research Initiative will be to:
1.   Develop the capacity of multi-disciplinary teams of practitioners who are able to undertake
     quality research on an ongoing basis, to answer local questions and inform practice and
     management decisions.
2.   Create multi-level linkages between academic and practice settings, to ensure that research
     expertise is accessible to practice-based teams and to increase learner’s experience of research
     in practice.

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3.    Ensure province-wide engagement in a culture that values creating, choosing and using
      evidence from research ‘on the ground’ to improve population health outcomes.
4.    Enhance the quality and quantity of community and practice research conducted throughout

Program Outline
The Community Practice Research Initiative will develop projects, teams and investigators through
a program that combines project funding with capacity building (the development of research
skills, supported by local coaching and academic mentoring) and province-wide access to expertise
and knowledge exchange. All aspects of the program will adhere to the principles that are critical
to sustainable capacity development, including
—     Ensuring inclusion of a wide diversity of skills, perspectives, geographies and disciplines
—     Adopting a philosophy of action learning: learning by doing embedded in the workplace
—     Respecting both practice and research expertise, recognizing the mutual benefit of capacity
—     Building on existing strengths with a focus on progressive development
There will be four primary program activities:
1. Project funding: for promising investigators, teams and projects
2. Supporting learning: ongoing learning and capacity retention throughout the process of
     proposal development and project completion
3. Local coaching: linking investigators, teams, coaches, facilitators and mentors
4. Provincial network supports: to strengthen integration into the culture of evidence

Program Activities
1. Project funding for promising investigators, teams and projects.
This program will fund inter-disciplinary practice-based teams for projects of disciplined inquiry
      to address a problem emerging from practice. The focus will be practice-based research in
      public health settings involving public health physicians, nurses and environmental health
      officers in addition to professionals in primary care and non-tertiary hospital settings. The
      approach to identifying and selecting projects will be proactive, focusing on identifying and
      supporting local research teams that demonstrate existing conditions for success (e.g.,
      organizational support and leadership) as well as potential for practice impact (e.g., relevance
      of the problem and motivation for change.)
SEARCH will establish a proposal review and administrative process to assess Community and
      Practice Research Study Proposals, involving an expert panel. The review process will be
      adapted to accommodate capacity building as well as quality. It will be formative, iterative and

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    educational as well as using appropriate benchmarks for scientific method and ethical conduct
    to maximize quality.
SEARCH currently provides two small seed funding programs with formal application processes,
    peer review against benchmarked criteria and, where appropriate, ethics approval by a
    Research Ethics Board. In collaboration the Alberta Centre for Injury Control and Research
    (ACICR), which is committed to sharing the expertise and approaches of its community
    capacity grants program, the administrative and peer review processes will be strengthened.
    SHP and CHS faculty will provide additional peer review capacity, and the Community
    Research Ethics Board of Alberta (CREBA) has confirmed its capacity to provide appropriate
    ethics review.
2. Supporting learning: ongoing learning and capacity retention throughout the process of
proposal development and project completion
The design of the Initiative develops local researchers in three inter-related ways: access to learning
    resources and support; facilitation and mentoring using an action learning approach and
    encouraging local researchers to participate in provincial communities of practices and
    networks to support knowledge sharing and development. As described in the following
    section, Program Design, a research team would work through three stages in any research
    project. Each of these stages involves capacity building, supported through direct facilitation
    and coaching as well as an array of learning resources and supports.
The Community Practice Research Initiative emphasizes capacity building directly linked to the
    actual activities of designing and implementing a local research project. The approach focuses
    on supporting learning while local teams engage in local research activities - learning that is
    integrated into practice at the workplace. In practice and community research, a research
    proposal is not the beginning of the project but one milestone of success. The extensive
    demands of proposal development must leave continuing capacity and value at the practice
    site. This program provides skill development and support to promising teams throughout the
    research development process, resulting in sustained capacity independent of the team’s
    success in receiving project funding. It will follow through with skill development support at
    every stage of the process of conducting the research and using the findings.
For formal learning, local researchers have the opportunity to access a range of learning resources
    and curricular materials that have been refined through SEARCH’s Classic and Custom
    programs to develop applied research competencies among community-based practitioners.
    Elements of the curriculum are modularized for self-directed, on-line, workplace learning (e.g.,
    Evidence Literacy) and have also been in use in face to face learning (e.g., Moving Knowledge
    to Application.) Working in partnership with health regions, the faculty team and CHE,
    SEARCH will continue to develop additional courseware modules. If the initiative proceeds,
    the modules most useful to MSI Community Practice Research teams will receive highest

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    priority (such as Program Evaluation, Proposal Development and Introduction to Community
    and Practice Research.)
3. Local coaching: linking investigators, teams, coaches, facilitators, and mentors
The Community Practice Research Initiative supports capacity building through local facilitation
    and coaching support. The program will connect local project teams to local research coaches
    and knowledge translation facilitators, based both in academic and practice organizations.
    Coaches and mentors will provide research consultation, implementation advice, team support
    and organizational connections supporting the local research team as they work through the
    complete research process from design to implementation to application. The local node of
    connections will increase team capacity, establish relationships for future projects and engage
    the organizational resources to facilitate the use of research results. The existing SEARCH
    multi-disciplinary academic network of 18 applied research mentors in six academic
    institutions from Grande Prairie to Medicine Hat will provide the backbone for engaging and
    supporting additional project coaches across the province.
SEARCH’s faculty network includes 9 faculties/departments in 3 universities and 3 community
    colleges, as well as applied research centres such as the Centre for Health and Policy Studies
    (CHAPS) and CHE. SEARCH with CHS and SPH support academic leadership of the network
    through two full-time positions, jointly appointed to the university and SEARCH Canada.
    Additional funding partnerships with the Alberta Mental Health Board (AMHB) and the

    Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes (AACTI) support additional joint
    positions, particularly of Research Development Advisors who work closely with practitioners
    in the local health regions. This network is being actively expanded to include content experts,
    additional northern and rural institutions and other applied research centres such as iCARE.

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    SPH is also engaging public health physicians in regions who will add to capacity for coaching
    and mentoring.
4. Provincial network supports: to strengthen integration into the culture of evidence
Additionally, the Community Practice Research Initiative will develop capacity through
    participation of teams in supportive communities of practice and networks. Developing
    networks in non-traditional research settings depends on strong connections to organizations
    where research activity is well-established. In addition to connections with the faculty
    network, project teams will be integrated into the broad research endeavour across the
    province through a virtual learning environment and partner’s newsletters, conferences and
SEARCH supports a network of 150 research-savvy practitioners and managers who are leaders of
    evidence-use in their organizations, and are linked to other capacity building initiatives such as
    the Inter Regional Research and Evaluation Network (IRREN) and the Alberta Mental Health
    Research Partnership. A 400-strong network of educator-champions in the continuing care
    sector is also under development by SEARCH. Building on these networks, we are working
    with SPH, the O’Brien Centre (UofC), Red Deer College and the Western Regional Training
    Centre to connect undergraduate and graduate students to practice-based research projects
    during research assignments and community practicums.

Program Design and Delivery Elements
The MSI Community Practice Research initiative, as envisioned by SEARCH, builds on the
traditional research and research funding model by emphasizing the need to support capacity
building, in addition to stimulating local research activities. In the traditional research approach a
research team identifies a research question, designs a study, including developing funding
submissions and moves to conduct the study and, ideally, engages in a variety of knowledge
transfer and application activities.
However, to support the development of new community and practice-based research teams it is
important to ensure that researchers are supported in a way that is integrated into their daily work
context. Experience suggests that it is essential to provide continuous support using a variety of
integrated approaches. The SEARCH approach features six components (Figure One)
These include:
•   A Research Coordinator who works closely with local research teams to provide on-going
    project management, facilitate linkages with research Coach(es) and other academic subject
    matter experts, work with the local team to identify specific capacity building needs and link it
    with appropriate learning resources. The Coordinator works with the local team throughout
    the proposal submission and ethics approval stages and provides administrative and financial
    management assistance, as required.

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•   Access to Academic Research Coaches who support the team as they work through all stages
    of the research project. Their primary function is to create sustained capacity, using an action
    learning approach. Action learning is a unique approach that supports capacity development
    while engaging in the actual work of research activities. It requires skilled facilitators and
    coaches who combine strengths in research practices as well as just-in-time learning support.
    While a specific local team will work with one or more Academic Coaches, the coaches are part
    of an active network of SEARCH Research Development Advisors who are experienced in
    facilitating practice research within the complex settings of health care organizations.
•   Support from Academic Subject Matter Experts who will work with Coaches and local
    research teams to provide information, insights and advice related to the topic focus of the
    research project, specific research methods as well as knowledge transfer and application in the
    field. As with coaches, subject matter experts participate in a number of external networks and
    will use the expertise from these networks to support local project teams.
•   Participation in a Community Practice Research Community of Practice (CoP), comprised of
    the various local project teams involved in the program as well as other community-based
    researchers in the province. CoPs provide valuable capacity building mechanisms; the
    opportunity to interact with individuals with similar interests encourages information sharing
    and ongoing support.
•   Access to a wide array of learning resources delivered in different ways, including face-to-face
    sessions and on-line programs. As noted, SEARCH has developed a number of focused
    learning programs, and is in the process of developing new resources, that would support local
    team capacity building. In addition, research resources, including teaching notes, templates,
    guidelines, articles and other materials are made easily available via the internet to support
    the just-in-time information needs of local teams.
•   Supporting the overall project would be a virtual collaboration technology infrastructure. This
    web-based resource would provide access to on-line learning and information resources,
    support collaboration within and across the local team and provide a virtual communications
    network to allow interactions between subject matter experts; coaches and team members. The
    collaboration infrastructure would reduce travel times and costs, both for the local teams (who
    might be located in different communities) as well as between local teams and other resources.

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Program and Project Stages
The following section (illustrated in Figure Two) describes the three stages that a local research
would work through, including the key steps within each stage. Appendix A provides a more
detailed description of the specific roles of the various participants and the specific steps that a
local research team would be involved in.

                                         Stage One: Design to Proposal

 Local teams are informed of Community Practice Research funding opportunity.

 Local teams engage in preliminary discussions around a potential research project, including creating potential
 research team and identifying possible capacity building activities.

 Local teams begin to develop a formal Community Practice Research Proposal.

 Local teams submit completed proposal to external Grant Review Committee.

 External Grant Review Committee reviews proposals for quality and applicability.

 Based on feedback from Grant Review Committee, local teams revise proposal (if required).

 Local teams develop ethics submission (to appropriate ethics review board, including CREBA)

 External Ethics Review Committee reviews ethics proposals and provides feedback to local teams.

 Based on feedback from Ethic Review Committee, local teams revise proposals (if required).

 During Design to Proposal phase, local research teams engage in a variety of learning programs, including on-line
 and face to face offerings.

 As part of capacity building activities, new local research teams are linked to provincial applied research
 community of practice.

 Estimated time to complete Phase One: three to six months.

                                        Stage Two: Creating Knowledge

 Local teams finalize study design and initiate study activities. Depending on actual study, activities could include:
 - Conduct literature review
 - Data collection
 - Analysis
 - Identification of findings and recommendations.
 Note: a specific study may involve iterations and cycles as well as variations in activities.

 Local team has ongoing participation in provincial applied research community of practice.

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                                       Stage Two: Creating Knowledge
 During Creating Knowledge phase, local research teams engage in a variety of learning programs, including on-
 line and face to face offerings.
 Estimated time to complete Phase Two: six to nine months

                                    Stage Three: Knowledge to Application

 Local teams prepare and produce various documents and reports on the findings and implications of the study.
 Documents could include:
 - Final study report
 - Synthesis - application report
 - Papers for submission to publications and other dissemination channels
 - Summary and implications documents to stakeholders and members of provincial CoP
 - Report on study to MSI, including summary of process and expenditures.

 Local teams develop and present findings and applications to various audiences and stakeholders

 Local teams engage in facilitated integration exercise - process to allow team and stakeholders to explore ways to
 integrate new knowledge into practice.

 Local teams complete summative capacity building assessment. Identify possible future developmental needs.

 Local team has ongoing participation in provincial applied research community of practice.

 Estimated time to complete Phase Three: three to six months

 Total Estimated Time for Phases One to Three: 12 to 21 months

The proposed project deliverables demonstrate the careful integration of the four objectives of the
MSI initiative including to strengthen capacity using multiple approaches, support high quality
local research projects, create linkages between local practitioners and academic settings and to
contribute to the development of a overarching culture that values creating, choosing and using
evidence from research ‘on the ground’ to improve population health outcomes.
The following table highlights the anticipated deliverables. Descriptive notes are provided to
explain each set of deliverables.

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         Activity                 Deliverable              Yr. 1      Yr. 2      Yr. 3     Yr. 4     Yr. 5    Total

                     New local research teams                4          4         4         4         4        20
 Local Community and
 Practice Research   Funded Projects (Yr 1 of 2)                        3         3         3         3        12
                     Complete Projects (Yr 2 of 2)                                3         3         3        9

                       Participation in on-line modules      3          4         5         5         5
 Learning - workshops
 and on-line courses. Workshops (est. 4 days/yr per
                                                          12 days    12 days    20 days   20 days   20 days
 And student           team & est. 6 individuals per
                                                          96 p/day   96 p/day   160 p/d   160 p/d   160 p/d
 placements to support team)
 local teams
                       Student placements                               2         3         3         4        12

                        Research Coaches (Research and
 Research Coaching                                           4          7         10        10        10
                        KT services)

                        SME support (focused content
                                                             2          3         4         4         4

                        Members involved in CoP
 Participation in CoP
                        (including local team, coach,       38         68         97       121       145      145
 and Networks
                        Academic SME and students)

• It is assumed that approximately 4 research teams will be identified in year one and that 4
  additional teams will show interest in subsequent years. It is expected that each team will
  require six months to move through stage one (Design to Proposal). During this period they will
  be supported by the Community Practice Research Initiative, including research coaching,
  academic subject matter expert advice (as required) and learning resources. While it is
  anticipated that 4 teams will emerge each year, we assume that, for various reasons, only three
  local teams will submit successful proposals in each year.
• SEARCH will offer a number of on-line modules to support local teams. It is expected that at
  times, the members from multiple teams will participate in a particular module, which will
  provide opportunities for interaction and sharing among teams, network development and
  economies of scale.
• SEARCH will offer teams the opportunity to participate in a number of face-to-face workshops.
  Many of these will be designed for an individual research team but may be offered to more than
  one team (assuming they are in close geographical proximity.) It is estimated that each team may

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  participate in approximately 4 days of training per year. Further, it is assumed that a local
  research team will consist of approximately 6 members.
• SEARCH will provide opportunities for student placements. In addition to providing a
  developmental experience for students, local teams will benefit from the research support
  services provided by students. It is anticipated that in the first year of active research (year 2)
  two students will be placed, likely from collaborating programs such as the O’Brien Centre or
  WRTC. This will increase in the following years.
Research Coaching
• A research coach will be assigned to each local project team. Coaching support will continue for
  the duration of the project, including knowledge transfer and application. At times, additional
  coaches will become involved providing greater access to research expertise.
• Academic subject matter experts will be available as needed. For example, a local team may
  require additional assistance with the design of the study, to analyze findings or develop
  innovative transfer strategies. In these cases an academic SME would provide a consultation
Community of Practice/Network
• Modeled on the SEARCH Network of program participants and faculty, the Community and
  Practice Research Community of Practice will include members of local research teams, all
  coaches and academic subject matter experts as well as students. It will also involve others who
  are actively involved in community based research. Membership will continue after the local
  project has been completed.

Credit and Acknowledgements
This initiative will be identified as an MSI program through its title and, although supported by
and run within SEARCH structures, will be acknowledged as a partnership program with MSI in
all communications. SEARCH’s publication guidelines in project agreements will include
requirements in relation to acknowledgements on publications arising from the projects. As a
partnership program, an advisory committee of the leading organizations, including MSI and user
representatives, will be established to advise on the design and delivery of the program, support
implementation and ensure appropriate organizational recognition. In addition, the program will
be accountable to the SEARCH Board of Directors, which is established by the members (9 health
regions, 2 universities and AHFMR).
There is a close and exciting alignment between the objectives of the proposed MSI Community
Practice Based Research Initiative and the mandate, goals and objectives of SEARCH, the SPH and
CHS. This alignment ensures that sufficient current and developing resources (people,
infrastructure and projects) within these organizations and their partners will be directed to
sustaining and enhancing community and practice-based research capacity in Alberta. Many
elements of the program will be based on current mandates and activities, and the high level of in-

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kind contribution demonstrates the existing integration of the initiative into ongoing activities and
SEARCH is committed to evaluate all of its activities. Formative evaluation activities are used to
inform and provide continuous feedback on the effectiveness and efficiency of all activities and
summative evaluations are carried out at regular intervals to assess the outcomes and impact of
our work. As a SEARCH activity, the Community Practice Research Initiative will be evaluated on
a formative and summative basis. Formative assessments will focus on evaluating our practices in
capacity building, coaching, the progress of local research projects, program management and
supporting the participation of local teams in community of practice activities. Feedback will be
gathered in a number of ways including surveys, meetings and tracking of ongoing activities.
Summative evaluation will be integrated into the regular SEARCH evaluation framework.
SEARCH will review the outputs and impact of the Community Practice Research Initiative at the
end of the five year program and will continue to gather feedback into the future.


The Community Practice Research Initiative budget contains two sections. The first section
itemizes the allocation of the MSI funding contribution. The Initiative is requesting funding
support for a period of five years. The MSI contribution will be used to support research and
capacity building initiatives in the field. Specifically, funds will be provided to support:
 - Research activities of local teams. SEARCH will provide $12,000 per year per team to support
  direct research expenses
 - Student placements. MSI funding support for student researchers will support the research
  activities of local teams as well as provide unique learning opportunities for university and
  college students interested in community research
 - Access to a range of capacity building learning opportunities, offered in face-to-face classroom
  environments and on-line
 - Access to a virtual collaboration environment that will provide local teams with access to
  research resources, licensed publications and a range of communication and collaboration
  technologies. The virtual collaboration environment will help local teams reduce travel and
  direct meeting costs and will increase access to academic resources and support
 - The provision of research coordination services. SEARCH will assign a dedicated coordinator to
  work with local research teams. The Research Coordinator will provide valuable support in the
  design and implementation of the research study as well as acting as an intermediary/broker

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  with key academic resources. The close support of the local teams as they work through their
  research projects will be an important capacity building component as well as increasing the
  probability of completion
 - Additional costs for academic resources used to support local team research activities
In addition to MSI funding resources, SEARCH and our partner organizations have committed
additional resources, in excess of the MSI contribution, to support this initiative. As a result MSI
funds are fully leveraged. These additional funds are allocated to support core administrative costs
of the program as well as to directly supplement the resources being provided to support the
capacity building and research activities of local teams. Specifically, leveraged resources will
- Direct time provided by academic directors from the University of Alberta and Calgary
- The RDA network. SEARCH RDAs will provide leadership in supporting local teams through
 their coaching activities
- Core administrative costs, including program management, courseware development and
- Formative and summative evaluation activities
- Access to additional licensed resources to support local team research activities.
Budget Assumptions:
Project grants: up to $12,000 per research project
Student placements: at $5,000 per student for summer
Workshops and Learning: travel, accommodation and learning resources will be supported for project team
Knowledge supports: collaboration and learning resources on web technologies will be provided to teams
Research coordination: .8FTE
Honoraria: on occasion to workshop facilitators, mentors, coaches and experts as required
Academic Co-Directors: time commitment of two full time academic leads in jointly funded by SEARCH
Canada and the School of Public Health, and the Department of Community Health Sciences
RDA Faculty Network: time commitment of 6-8 SEARCH/AACTI supported Research Development Advisors
across the province
Program Management: SEARCH Canada funded Custom Program Manager, Director of Programs and
overall management and faculty teams; ACICR Community Projects coordinator time
Program Infrastructure: SEARCH Canada, SPH and CHS funded space, supplies and materials,
communications and travel, plus financial and corporate services
Evaluation: Integration and application of SEARCH Canada quality improvement and program evaluation
tools and methods into ongoing program delivery and assessment
Technology Licenses: CHE provided licenses for web-technologies for collaboration and knowledge access

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Budget Breakdown

                           Yr 1           Yr 2          Yr 3       Yr 4       Yr 5       Total
 Project grants                           $36,000       $72,000    $72,000    $72,000    $252,000
 Student placements        $10,000        $10,000       $15,000    $15,000    $20,000    $70,000
 Workshops and
 learning                  $25,000        $26,250       $27,563    $28,941    $30,388    $138,141
 Knowledge supports        $33,600        $33,600       $56,000    $56,000    $56,000    $235,200
 Research coordination     $56,000        $58,800       $61,740    $64,827    $68,068    $309,435
 Honoraria                 $10,000        $15,000       $15,000    $15,000    $15,000    $70,000
 TOTAL                     $134,600       $179,650      $247,303   $251,768   $261,456   $1,074,777

 Academic Co-Directors
                           $40,000        $42,000       $44,100    $46,305    $48,620    $221,025
 RDA faculty network       $14,000        $14,700       $15,435    $16,207    $17,017    $77,359
 Program management        $20,000        $21,000       $22,050    $23,153    $24,310    $110,513
 Program infrastructure    $50,000        $50,000       $50,000    $50,000    $50,000    $250,000
 Evaluation                $20,000        $20,000       $20,000    $20,000    $20,000    $100,000
 Technology licenses       $24,000        $42,000       $60,000    $78,000    $102,000   $306,000
 TOTAL MATCHING            $148,000       $189,700      $211,585   $233,664   $261,947   $1,064,896

 TOTAL BUDGET              $302,600       $369,350      $458,888   $485,432   $523,403   $2,139,673

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