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Pivoting during a Pandemic – Social Innovation Research (E)

Track: Steering Innovation

Here’s your grant…now “pivot”. COVID has impacted not only teaching practices across the province, but also applied research. Proposals that were written pre-COVID had to be adapted to new realities of lock-downs, restricted access to community settings, and the shift to virtual meetings. At the same time, these changes produced a variety of new areas for exploration through applied research. How have researchers adapted to the new reality? In this session you will hear about three research projects, at varying stages of completion, that were impacted by the pandemic. These projects are community collaborations for social innovation work supporting early childhood educators, youth mentors, and parents with intellectual disabilities. Researchers will share their challenges and solutions and the ongoing impacts of pivoting their projects. Together with the panel, participants will consider the long-term implications of the “new reality” on applied research work, which depends on collaboration and community engagement.

Session Speakers

Amanda Cappon

Social Service Worker Professor and Researcher

Durham College

Crystal Garvey

Professor Collaborative BScN Program and Researcher

Durham College

Nicole Doyle

Justice and Emergency Services Professor, Research Coordinator and Researcher

Durham College

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