Current Projects

Mobilizing Narratives for Policy and Social Change
A Partnership Development Grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Led by:
Dr. Marlene Janzen Le Ber, Brescia University College
Dr. Helene Berman, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University

This project seeks to understand current and potential impacts of narrative methodologies, and create new, meaningful ways to evaluate these impacts, with particular attention to system-level change.

Objectives for this project include an investigation of the process, coordination and challenges of narrative knowledge co-creation, as well as articulation of the most effective strategies. We will develop a conceptual model that illustrates, explains, provides insight into the policy impacts of narrative-based research and articulates the most effective strategies, barriers, facilitators, and challenges to advocacy for change. The resulting insights hold the potential for application to other narrative-research initiatives at regional, national or international level.

Principal Investigators, Drs. Marlene Janzen Le Ber and Helene Berman lead a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral university-community team comprised of researchers at various career stages, community partners, and students. Through the PDG, conditions for the meaningful involvement, mentorship and professional development among student, academic and community researchers are being created. The strategic inclusion of policymakers, government officials, and political leaders at specific stages of the project ensures that the knowledge that is generated will have the potential for policy and social change.

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