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.

We also welcome your suggestions for resources. Please submit your recommendations to

This resource guide was developed by Unity Health Toronto’s research community to support researchers in expanding their knowledge of patient and community engagement. 
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 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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.