The Community Research Unit (CRU), based in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Regina, builds relationships between our community and faculty by facilitating community-based participatory research and community service-learning opportunities. The CRU matches community groups interested in undertaking research with university faculty and student researchers and organizes the annual Arts CARES community service-learning program.

Our Mission:
The mission of the Community Research Unit (CRU) is to enable the Faculty of Arts to serve as a resource for non-profit organizations and communities, rural and urban, and to be enriched in turn by our relationships with those communities. In doing so, the University enhances civic engagement and its own actual and perceived value to the province as well as its capacity to produce high quality and relevant knowledge.

Our Mandate:
The CRU functions as a partnership between community-based organizations and university faculty and students. Our mandate is to provide independent, participatory research support in response to needs expressed by community-based organizations to build their organizational capacity and enhance community quality of life.

Recent Submissions

  • Community Research Unit 2016-2017 Annual Report 

    Community Research Unit (Community Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina, 2017-10-31)
  • Incidence, Circumstances and Risk Factors of Residential Careless Cooking Fires in the City of Regina 

    Jurdi-Hage, Rozzet; Giblett, Candace; Prawzick, Angela (Community Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina, 2017-10-10)
    This research project contributes to filling current gaps in fire data by undertaking primary research into the incidence, circumstances and risk factors of careless cooking in the City of Regina, with a focus on high ...
  • Seniors Neglect and Abuse Response Line - A Systems and Servies Review of Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region 

    Beingessner, Naomi; Novik, Nuelle; McIntosh, Tom (Community Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina, 2017-05)
    Canadians are increasingly aware of the issue of senior neglect and abuse, according to a 2011 EKOS survey. Many service agencies in Saskatchewan receive reports of senior abuse and neglect. However, there is uncertainty ...
  • Farming in the City: Investigating the Policy Implications for Urban Farming in Regina 

    Osayomwanbor, Osazuwa (Community Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina, 2017-03-10)
    This study will discusses the concept of urban agriculture, its growth and spread in Canada, and position Regina within the broad Canadian spectrum. It serves to inform the people of Regina and particularly, its urban ...
  • Community Research Unit Annual Report 2015-2016 

    Beingessner, Naomi (Community Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina, 2016-09)
    The Community Research Unit's annual report for June 2014 - June 2015, describing the CRU's research projects, events, capacity building activities and the Arts CARES program.
  • Working for a Living Around the Ivory Tower 

    Stevens, Andrew (Community Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina, 2016-09-08)
    The report investigates wages and employment conditions and living expenses for students, academic workers, and staff at the University of Regina and federated colleges. A total of 687 members of the university community ...
  • The Link: Interpersonal Violence and Abuse and Animal Safekeeping 

    Wuerch, Melissa; Knutson, Tracy; Wach, Frances; McKendrick, Rod; Giesbrecht, Crystal; Beingessner, Naomi; Miller-Schroeder, Patricia (STOPS to Violence, PATHS, Saskatchewan SPCA, 2016-03-01)
    This report details findings from quantitative and qualitative research among human service and animal welfare providers that indicates that concern for the safety of companion animals and livestock is a barrier to individuals ...
  • Global Education in Saskatchewan Schools 

    Barreno, Leonzo (Community Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina, 2016-03)
    The intent of this study was to find the current situation of Global Citizenship Education (GCE) in Saskatchewan schools. While Global Education continues to be the predominant term that educators and the Ministry of ...
  • Community Research Unit Annual Report 2014-2015 

    Beingessner, Naomi (Community Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina, 2015-09)
    The Community Research Unit's annual report for June 2014 - June 2015, describing the CRU's research projects and capacity building activities and the Arts CARES program.
  • Development of the Anonymous Reporting and Third Option Programs 

    Wuerch, Melissa; Beingessner, Naomi; Price, Heather; Carlson, Stephanie; George, Debra; Robinson, Pat (Community Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina, 2015-03)
    The Anonymous Reporting and Third Option Program are being piloted in Regina, Saskatchewan as a step to better support victims of sexual assault and create a coordinated community response to this issue. The report contains ...
  • Community-Based Research Showcase Final Report and Action Items 

    Beingessner, Naomi; Cibart, Sarah; Stewart, Michelle (Community Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina, 2015-01)
    This report summarizes the proceedings of the Community Film Showcase and Community-Based Research Showcase. Over one hundred participants turned out to learn about research done by community organizations and present ...
  • Community Research Unit Annual Report 2013-2014 

    Beingessner, Naomi (Community Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina, 2014-09)
    The Community Research Unit's annual report for June 2013 - June 2014, describing the CRU's research projects and capacity building activities and the Arts CARES program.
  • Establishing an Enduring Organization for African Canadians in Saskatchewan Through Community Participatory Research 

    Lwanga, Christine; Frank, Flo (Community Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina, 2014-08-06)
    This project report is comprised of information collected at a series of community discussions and workshops, combined with research findings on successful Canadian community organizations. The report contains the direction, ...
  • Like Any Other Job? An Analysis of Potential Changes to Canada's Prostitution Legislation 

    Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan, 2014-03)
    The December 20, 2013 Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Canada v. Bedford (2013 SCC 72) struck down parts of Canada’s existing prostitution legislation. The Supreme Court of Canada gave the federal government until ...
  • Community Food Assessment University-Community Partnership Evaluation 

    Beaudry-Mellor, Tina (Community Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina, 2014-04)
    Regina's Community Food Assessment is a participatory, community-led process that is examining a broad range of food-related issues and resources in the City of Regina. The primary goal is to improve the security, ...
  • Communities Respond - Summary Report of PFS Consultations 2011-2012 

    Banks, Brian; DeSantis, Gloria; Gilmer, Peter; Gingrich, Paul; Mulvale, Jim; Nelson, Kristin; Havelock, Joanne (Poverty Free Saskatchewan, 2012-10)
    Recently Saskatchewan has experienced an increase in economic activity – a “boom”, but this monetary gain has not been experienced by everyone. Many people struggle daily without adequate income, food, or housing. Poverty ...
  • A Living Wage for Regina 

    Gingrich, Paul; Enoch, Simon; Banks, Brian (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2014-01)
    What annual income does a family require to maintain a decent standard of living? What is the Living Wage in Regina? The main purpose of this report to describe the concept of the Living Wage and calculate what is the ...
  • Mapping Corporate Power in Saskatchewan 

    Enoch, Simon (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2012-12)
    The following study seeks to identify networks of corporate power in the province by documenting the inter-locking relationships between corporations, industry and trade associations, advocacy groups, policy institutes, ...
  • Environmental Scan: Conventional and Indigenous Food Systems and Gaps in the Regina Area, SK 

    Sanden, Tracy; Desmarais, Annette Aurelie; Marsden, Dawn; Hansen, Yolanda; Qualman, Darrin (Community Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina, 2014-01-29)
    The Environmental Scan is the first phase of work in the Regina Community Food Assessment, a collaborative, participatory process that brings people together from various sectors of the local food system to: analyze the ...
  • Homelessness in Regina: Current Situation and Solutions from Other Communities 

    Vracar, Nikolina (Community Research Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Regina, 2013-10-16)
    This report was prepared for Carmichael Outreach, a community-based organization that provides housing and support services to citizens of Regina. Objectives of the report are to provide an overview of the city's housing ...

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