Members and associates of the Civics Research Co-operative are and have been involved in research projects that match the interests and objectives of the CRC. Below is a list of these projects with links to more details. Those projects that entail substantial online components also have links to the relevant project pages.


Toward a centre for community innovation and design

The CRC received funding from the Ontario Trillium foundation for one year to do a feasibility study on the potential of establishing a community innovation and design centre for small, socially or environmentally oriented businesses, organizations, entrepreneurs, artists, and community groups in Waterloo region. The Centre would serve as a catalyst for community economic development.

For more information, see the project pages...

Festival of Neighbourhoods, Kitchener

The Festival of Neighbourhoods is a community capacity building initiative that encourages and supports citizens to develop and hold events in their neighbourhoods.  (See:

Joanne Davis, a colleague of the CRC was coordinating a project considering development options for the Festival, which has been in operation for almost fifteen years.  The CRC assisted Joanne with the focus group sessions and with the analysis and presentation of the results.

Caledonia Old Mill Project

A colleague of the CRC, Laura Dent (principal of DENT Planning, Stratford), is working on a project looking into options for the redesign of the old mill in Caledonia, Ontario.  The CRC provided assistance in development of a workplan for the project, including both research and community participation phases.  

best/promising practices of multi-sectoral collaboratives

One component of Healthy Communities and the Built Environment project (led by the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition) was the description of good examples that illustrate best and promising practices and principles of multi-sectoral collaboratives.

Increasing Affordable Transportation Options in the Region of Waterloo

The Region of Waterloo, in southwestern Ontario, can be characterized as a dispersed urban-suburban-rural locale. Similar to other areas across Canada and the United States, affordable transportation - which can be viewed as transportation with reasonable financial and other costs - remains a struggle for people with low incomes that live in the region. This challenge is exacerbated by the dispersed structure of the Region in which many people are compelled to rely heavily on cars to move around.

Indicators for multisectoral collaborative initiatives

In the interests of assessing best and promising practices of multi-sectoral collaborative, the intent of this research was to develop a suite of indicators. In keeping with the Healthy Communities and the Built Environment project, these indicators were directed specifically toward collaboratives that included in their aims improvements in public health through changes in land use planning and/or the built environment.  The indicators provided a framework that was applied in the associated project on developing case studies of such collaboratives.

Literature review linking health and the built environment

A review of literature focused on Canadian evidence of the linkages between health and the built environment. In support of the Healthy Communities and the Built Environment Project.

TRIP principles and procedures

Documentation of the operating principles and procedures for the Waterloo Region Transit for Reduced Income Program (TRIP). The document was developed in collaboration with members of the TRIP committee, in particular, those who are instrumentally involved in management of the program.

Communication strategy for reaching people with low incomes

A small research project to develop a communication strategy for informing people with low incomes about the Region's discount bus pass program. Involved consultation with key individials and organizations in the Region of Waterloo.

Transit Affordability in the Region of Waterloo

A research project looking into the affordability of public transit in Waterloo Region. Particular attention was given to the Region's discount bus pass and discount bus ticket programs. Research involved consultation with patrons with low incomens and other key individuals/organizations in the region.