CRHESI Affiliate Status

Categories & Terms

Affiliate terms are for 5 years, renewable.

  • CRHESI Trainee Affiliate – a trainee who has been actively involved* in CRHESI-related+ community or academic research and/or knowledge mobilization. Their primary role must currently be trainee/student, at any level of study from undergraduate to post-doctoral, or, for community members, in a recognized continuing studies program. They can be studying at Western University, Fanshawe College, or elsewhere if affiliated with a CRHESI project.
  • CRHESI Community Affiliate -a community member and/or organizational representative who has been actively involved* (now or previously) in CRHESI-related+ community research, knowledge mobilization and/or advocacy as a community partner, person with lived/living experience, advisor or other relevant role.
  • CRHESI Academic Affiliate – an academic researcher who has been actively involved* (now or previously) in CRHESI-related+ community or academic research and/or knowledge mobilization from Western or Fanshawe, or from elsewhere if affiliated with a CRHESI project.

*‘Actively involved’ generally means having a lead or substantive collaborative role in research, evaluation, advocacy and/or knowledge mobilization projects or activities.

+‘CRHESI-related’ means topics aligned with CRHESI’s theme areas, and conducted following CRHESI principles; while preference will be given to those with previous/ongoing participation in CRHESI-specific activities, nominees who have relevant experience from other aligned work will also be considered.

Note on Trainee Affiliates – upon completion of the degree or training program on which their status is based, Trainees could apply for review for conversion to Community or Academic Affiliate, as appropriate.

Benefits, Expectations & Accountabilities

Affiliate status provides an active link between the person and CRHESI activities, including:

  • Collaboration specific to the person’s immediate interests, including being linked to others to form new research, evaluation and/or knowledge mobilization project groups, either in a lead or collaborator role. When CRHESI reaches out to an Affiliate with an opportunity, the expectation is the person will tend to a “yes, let’s talk” rather than a “no, I don’t have time.” Example activities, depending on role and project needs, include:
    • question and proposal development; partnership development
    • activities related to collection, analysis and interpretation of data and findings
    • developing project specific knowledge-sharing strategies and outputs
    • as appropriate, issue-specific advocacy
  • Attending and participating formally (i.e., as a presenter, organizer, or facilitator) or informally (as an attendee) in CRHESI events; the expectation is that Affiliates will attempt to participate in and/or attend most CRHESI events, even in areas outside their immediate interests. When asked to formally participate, we expect a “yes”, assuming logistics can be worked out.
  • Participating in the development (as a lead or collaborator) of CRHESI-specific knowledge mobilization strategies and outputs, such as blogs, videos, graphical briefs, social media and arts-based activities, etc.
  • Trainee Affiliates will also be invited, and expected, to join CRHESI’s Student Collective, which focuses on developing and implementing knowledge mobilization strategies.

It is expected that Affiliates will engage in at least one such activity for every year of their appointment. CRHESI Affiliates will share a very brief summary of CRHESI -related activities each year, as requested by CRHESI staff.