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Social sciences research at the college level is getting a healthy boost from Ottawa.
The community and college social innovation fund, directed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), is setting aside $15-million over the next three years to help launch projects designed to inform and educate those working on the front-lines in the social service sector in this country.
Ed Holder, Minister of State of Science and Technology, was at Red River College this morning to make the announcement.
"Our government understands that local, community organizations are essential in addressing social issues like economic development, poverty, education, and integration in Canadian communities," Holder said in a statement, adding this connection between research and ease of accessibility will pay off down the road in helping social organizations make their intended positive difference in people's lives.
Among the organizations that could well benefit from this funding is the Science of Early Child Development (SECD) group, which has already constructed a web-based education database accessible to workers working with and assisting families in various child development programs.
Janet Jamieson, research chair at the school of health sciences and community services at Red River College said SECD, which has been up and running since 2005, has already been successful in reaching its mandate.
"Our program has taken the child development research that we do out of the ivory towers of a post-secondary institution and brought it to where its needed the most -- the front-line worker," Jamieson said.
Under the new community and college social innovation fund, schools like Red River College can partner with community organizations to apply for funding up to $200,000. The SSHRC currently funds 233 cross-sector partnerships involving 50 post-secondary schools and over 1,350 organizations across Canada and around the world.
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