Resources for Community-Engaged Research

Our online library is designed to be updated with current and new resources related to community engagement. Its content is monitored by the Knowledge Mobilization and Community Engagement Specialist at the Centre.

We encourage you to browse the library to find articles, toolkits, videos and more.

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This worksheet is a pre-engagement activity for researchers to complete before involving patients and community partners in their study. It was created in collaboration between Dr. Patricia O’Campo, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Population Health Intervention Research and Executive Director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, and Dr. Priscilla Medeiros, Knowledge Mobilization and Community Engagement Specialist at the Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Children.
This resource guide was developed by Unity Health Toronto’s research community to support researchers in expanding their knowledge of patient and community engagement. 
The Sharing for Power with Communities in Priority-Setting for Health Research Projects toolkit is designed to help researchers and community partners at the onset of project planning with priority-setting processes. This toolkit was created by Dr. Bridget Pratt, an ethics researcher from the Centre for Health Equity in the School of Population and Global Health.
This handbook provides practical suggestions for building engagement in research from the planning stages through to implementation and evaluation. It was developed by the Fraser Health Authority.
This document acts as a resource for non-Indigenous researchers seeking to collaborate with Indigenous communities. It speaks to the concepts of allyship and its potential for collaborative research projects. Authors: Smith, J., Puckett, C., Simon, W. (2015).
These modules provide an introduction to principles and practices for community-based research. The content within these modules is aimed for upper-year undergraduate and graduate students and created by the Trent Community Research Centre.
This toolkit includes resources and templates for all stages of the engagement process. It was developed by the Community-Based Research Team at Access Alliance in Toronto.
This collection of 12 introductory resources provides guidance on the principles, ethical dimensions, and methods for community engagement. This list comes from the Community-Engaged Research Initiative at Simon Fraser University.
This collection of 14 introductory toolkits provides guidance on the issues to consider when planning and designing community engagement. The Community Tool Box is a service of the Center for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas.
The Centre for Research & Innovation Support at the University of Toronto has developed a list of resources on its webpage for faculty, students, and community partners with respect to community engagement.
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute webpage provides tools and resources that support the planning, implementation, and evaluation of patient-engaged and community-based research. Noteworthy is a guide for engaging with research partners about data analysis in this resource.  
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research webpage provides guidelines and resources for patient and public engagement planning, including project management, communication, budgeting, and evaluation tools and much more.
This toolkit includes guidance on best practices for implementing youth-led community-based research. It was created by Mercy Corps Haiti in collaboration with the Centre for Community Based Research and other partners.
This resource outlines the guiding engagement principles for placing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the center of health research partnerships. It includes self-assessment questions and practical suggestions for teams to incorporate into activities. This report was created by the Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
This step-by-step guide provides a wide range of resources to support equity-centred engagement. This resource was created in collaboration between the Public and Patient Engagement Collaborative and the Public Engagement in Health Policy Project at McMaster University.
The Let’s Talk: Community Engagement for Health Equity resource builds capacity for meaningful engagement. It was created the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health.
The Evaluation Toolkit provides a wide range of tools and articles to assist with the evaluation of patient and public engagement initiatives. This resource was created in collaboration with SPOR SUPPORT Units, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, Maritime, and Newfoundland and Labrador, and other partners.
This resource provides guidance on how to plan and assess the impact of engagement in research projects. The document is the product of a Canadian collaboration of researchers and public and patient engagement practitioners led by McMaster University.
This toolkit provides guidance on how to incorporate community-engagement principles into a research dissemination plan. It was created in collaboration between the University of Minnesota Medical School Program in Health Disparities Research and Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health.