Community-based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR)

Registration is now open for the K4C Tkaronto Hub Summer Institute in
Community-based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR)!

Date: June 22 – 23, 2023

Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm ET

Location: Catalyst Centre, Environmental Science and Chemistry Building, University of Toronto Scarborough (1065 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON MIC 1A4)

To register: please click here!

About the Summer Institute:
The Knowledge Equity Lab (KEL), UTSC, the Toronto Centre for Community Learning & Development (CL&D), and the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) are excited to open registration for a unique in-person learning opportunity focused on Community-based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR).

CBPAR is a “research approach that involves active participation of stakeholders, those whose lives are affected by the issue being studied, in all phases of research for the purpose of producing useful results to make positive changes” (Ochocka, Griffin & Lord, 1998, p.12). See background info here 

Over two days, the K4C Summer Institute will include opportunities to learn about the origins, purpose, key principles, ethics and planning phases of CBPAR, and to discuss and explore equitable university-community research partnerships, mindful participatory observation and interviewing, participatory theatre, muralism and community mapping.

Participants may include:

  • Representatives of Community-led Organizations
  • Students, Academics & Researchers
  • Representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working locally and globally
  • Policy makers in local, national and internationally focused institutions and organizations

Registration Fee: $30.00

Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. 

Preliminary Program:

  Day 1 Day 2
9:00 – 9:30 Registration & Refreshments Registration & Refreshments
9:30 – 10:30 Welcome Ceremony Welcome
10:30 – 12:00 Introduction to CBPAR Participatory Theatre Workshop
12:00 – 1:15 Lunch Lunch
1:15 – 3:15 Mindfulness Participatory Observation
& Interviewing
Muralism workshop OR Social Cartography Workshop
(Participants choose 1)
3:15 3:30 Closing Closing


About Our Hub: 
The K4C (Knowledge For Change) Tkaronto Hub was co-founded in the summer of 2019 by the Knowledge Equity Lab at University of Toronto Scarborough, OISE at the University of Toronto, Toronto Centre for Community Learning & Development (CL&D), and the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC). The K4C Tkaronto Hub is part of the global K4C Consortium, which includes 22 Hubs around the world in Canada, Colombia, Cuba, India, Ireland, Italy, Malaysian, Mexico, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and the United States of America.

Our collective goal is to enable transformative change by providing accessible opportunities for students, educators, academics, community development and international cooperation practitioners in the Greater Toronto Area region and beyond to learn about CBPAR, and to facilitate community-academic partnerships to carry out CBPAR projects. For examples of our previous CBPAR projects, click here

For registration and to learn more, please click here!

Questions? Please email:
Karen Villanueva, Deputy Executive Director, Toronto Centre of Learning & Development at and
Arabelle Arcaina, Membership & Administration Coordinator, OCIC at