Shift: Documenting the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Community-Based Research and Identifying Opportunities for Change

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Online Event

This webinar shares findings from "Shift: Working for Change in Participatory Research", a national community based research project focused on labour practices in participatory research. Shift recently conducted a survey with researchers to learn more about participatory research practices including question about: a) stakeholders (who was involved, terminology used to refer to stakeholders, the types of research activities stakeholders were involved in, and how many stakeholders were involved with the study), b) remuneration (whether stakeholders were remunerated or not, whether they were compensated, if and how stakeholders were paid), and c) COVID-19 (impact of pandemic on stakeholder participation). Presenters will also speak about the next study phase which explores the influence of COVID-19 on the employment experiences of community researchers living with HIV. Please join us.


Zack Marshall is a community-based researcher and an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at McGill University. Building on a history of community work in the areas of HIV, harm reduction, and mental health, Zack's research explores interdisciplinary connections between public engagement, knowledge production, and research ethics. His current focus is Shift: Working for Change in Participatory Research, a project exploring labour practices in participatory research across the social sciences, natural sciences, and health in Canada.

Veronica Benz, MSW, RSW, is a clinical social worker, presently working in community mental health in Calgary, Alberta. Veronica has long been concerned about issues of access and oppression in health, arts, and academia, and her career continues to span both academic and nonprofit sectors. Veronica is thrilled to be serving as the Research Coordinator for Shift and has been involved in the project since early 2020.

The CBRCanada webinar is part of a 8 part series: Community-Based Research & COVID-19: Addressing Widening Inequities and Amplifying Community-based Visions for Change.

One week following the webinar, we will host a live discussion facilitated by presenters. Sign up here.

A zoom link will be made available prior to the event.

We hope to see you there!**

The CBRCanada Team


***This event is for CBRCanada members only. If you are employed, studying, or affiliated with any CBRCanada member institution, you are already considered a member. If you are unsure if your institution is covered, learn more here. Individuals whose institution is not on this list are welcome to register as an an individual member.