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The Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action (CCRLA) was created to develop a centre of excellence for community-based research at Laurier, which encompasses:

  • A collaborative enterprise between academic researchers (professors and students) and community members.
  • A learning environment for building capacity for community-engaged research, program evaluation, knowledge exchange and action.
  • Having the goals of social action and social change for the purpose of achieving social justice and community betterment.
  • Achieving social action and social change through community development, capacity building, knowledge mobilization, program evaluation and policy development.
  • Utilizing and validating multiple sources of knowledge and worldviews.
  • Promoting the use of multiple methods of discovery and dissemination.


Our strength is are the ability to collaborate with community partners to:

  • Generate primary data where community and relational dynamics are poorly understood or limited to secondary information.
  • Make use of data in understanding social problems and in planning and implementing action to build on community strengths and address community concerns.

Vision, Mission and Focus

Our vision is an informed community in which all have a voice and the capacity to advance positive social change.

Our mission is to harness the knowledge and mobilize the resources of the university and non-academic stakeholders such as policy, industry and community partners to address complex societal issues.

Our primary focus is our commitment to collaborative research processes that honour the unique wisdom and skills of diverse stakeholder partners.

Strategic Goals

CCRLA’s strategic goals support the centre’s continued growth and ability to fulfill our mission and vision.

  • Raise CCRLA's profile at Laurier and in the surrounding community.
  • Establish a mentorship program for program evaluation.
  • Pursue opportunities to improve financial sustainability.
  • Clarify and strengthen CCRLA’s decision-making infrastructure.
  • Increase our ability to support our students, faculty and community partners through hiring additional staff.

Contact Us:

T: 519.884.0710. x3494
Office Location: K214, 232 King St. North, Waterloo