Research Activities

The VOICE Research Project includes the following six areas of activities.

  1. Capacity building for communities and individuals in communities.  Community capacity building refers to the involvement of  community members in all stages of the project as well as promoting leadership and community engagement, obtaining resources, linking with others, and developing mechanisms that respect Aboriginal ways of knowing.  Individual capacity building refers to the development of community-based research skills particularly for BU and UCN students..
  2. Development of community-based indicators of success.  This area of activities focuses on the identification of community-based indicators for the success of children and youth.  Indicators are statistical or descriptive measures that help determine whether a program’s objectives are being met.
  3. Support for and development of success pathways.  The term ‘success pathway’ refers to the community-based activities aimed at achieving success.     Examples of success pathways include summer learning programs, alternative education programs, gifted education programs, arts and cultural programs, after school programs, and crime intervention programs.
  4. Action research (evaluation) of the success pathways.  This area of activities refers to developing the capacity of communities and community-based research practitioners to undertake action or evaluation research activities associated with the success pathways.
  5. Knowledge mobilization.  The focus of our knowledge mobilization activities is to share information about the VOICE Research Project, its activities, findings and impact to a wide audience.  Activities include the interpersonal and electronic communication to communities, universities, policy-makers at all governmental levels, and the general public, including new audiences not normally associating themselves with academic research.
  6. Sustainability activities.  These activities develop and promote sustainable action plans that go beyond the life of the VOICE Research Project.  New and lasting partnerships are one example of sustainable action plans. Another example will be the influence of the VOICE Research Project on the Kenanow Bachelor of Education program of UCN and the undergraduate and graduate programs in the Faculty of Education at BU.