CCBR typically has 15-20 ongoing projects and has completed over 450 projects since 1982. Each project is guided by our commitment to impacting social change in practical and powerful ways. We conduct research with people not on people, cultivating respect with communities at every step of the process.

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    Disruption leading to innovation in Waterloo Region

    CCBR, together with several local organizations, conducted a research project to explore the disruptive impact of the recent Syrian refugee influx on the way local communities support newcomers. This was done in order to: (1) determine innovations in how local communities can better support refugees, and  (2) determine how public policy can reinforce these innovations.

    This nine-month project kicked off in September 2016 and followed a community-based research (CBR) approach. The research team collected data through a document review, interviews with 11 key informants, focus groups with 25 resettlement leaders, and a community survey filled out by 38 individuals and organizations.

    Project partners included: Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership, Reception House Waterloo Region, Mennonite Central Committee of Ontario, Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support, Waterloo Region Public Health, and Muslim Social Services Kitchener Waterloo.

    This project was funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 


    The final report slides are available here.

    The final policy brief is available here.

    A 1-page summary in Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership's Summer 2017 newsletter (page 4): click here.

    Research Forum, September 27, 2017

    The Centre for Community Based Research, the International Migration Research Centre and the Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership hosted an interactive afternoon to hear and reflect on research results of six local research studies (including Syrian refugees). Details can be found here.

    Published Articles 

    Janzen, R., English Leis, K., & Ochocka, J., (2021). The impact of the Syrian refugee influx on local systems of support. Journal of International Migration and Immigration. DOI:

    Janzen, R., & Ochocka, J. (2020). Assessing excellence in community-based research: Lessons from research with Syrian refugee newcomers. Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement13(1). DOI: