Credible, relevant research is critical to supporting growth in the co-operative sector. CMC’s predecessors were actively involved in data gathering, surveys and organizing research events. CMC has prioritized these as core activities.
Through collaborations and alliances, we can expand the knowledge base and improve our understanding of how co-operatives can further benefit Canadians. As well, research helps identify best practices which in turn make co-operatives and mutuals stronger.
CMC is active in the following research projects:
Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network (Community-University Research Alliance)
CMC, and previously CCA, is a lead organization for a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant to coordinate a Community-University Research Alliance. Funded by SSHRC over five years (2010-2015), this alliance of researchers is working to create tools to measure the value added by co-operatives, deepen existing linkages and networks within the co-operative movement, and inform public policy on the role and value of co-operatives in meeting social, economic and environmental goals. Denyse Guy, CMC’s Executive Director, serves as the Principal Investigator of this network and also coordinates the overall research agenda in partnership with Dr. Sonja Novkovic of Saint Mary's University in Halifax.
Within this network, CMC is a direct partner in several projects including the 5th Principle - Mapping co-operative education; New Co-operative Development and an Economic Impact Study of Co-operatives across Canada.
The network, comprised of over 20 academic and co-operative partner organizations as well as numerous individuals, maintains a public online co-operative research hub for news, events, and researcher profiles, as well as an extensive library of co-operative research containing over 1400 citations/links/reports/articles. News is posted weekly to the site and visitors are welcome to sign up to receive news blasts to their emails.
CMC staff are involved with supporting the International Co-operative Alliance in establishing an international young scholars network of individuals studying co-operative enterprises.
This pan-Canadian network of researchers and practitioners hosts an annual conference to report new research findings, invite students into co-operative research and link researchers for the purposes of collaboration. CMC works with CASC to organize the annual conference, student events, student scholarships and other activities that advance co-operative research in Canada.
CMC also offers special research projects on a fee-for-service basis for co-operatives seeking information, literature review, a sector scan or other such projects. Contact us today to discuss your needs.