Working2Learn

Many non-profit organizations have questions about their work, but don’t have the time or the resources to find answers.  Through the Working2Learn Project, 5 non-profit organizations will be paired with students from the College of New Caledonia or the University of Northern BC to complete applied research projects.  Projects will run between September and December 2021.  Each organization will be awarded $5000 for participation.

Does your non-profit organization have a question that you’d like to explore?  

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Working2Learn Information

Can a good question change lives? We think so!   

Many non-profit organizations have questions about their work, but don’t have the time or the resources to find answers.  Through the Working2Learn Project, 5 non-profit organizations will be paired with students from the College of New Caledonia or the University of Northern BC to complete applied research projects.  Projects will run between September and December 2021.  Each organization will be awarded $5000 for participation.   

 

Does your non-profit organization have a question that you’d like to explore?  If so, consider applying to be a Non-Profit Ambassador @ https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Apply-W2L.  Applications close on April 13, 2021.  

 

What is a good question? 

Keep your research questions reasonable.  Students will only have 80 hours to complete this research project so be specific about your question.  Focus on just one who, what, where, when, why or how question.  Here are some samples.  

 

Sample Research Questions  

  1. Our membership is stagnant. Who might we target in our next membership campaign? 
  2. What could we do to improve our environmental footprint?
  3. Our gallery wants to strengthen our commitment to reconciliation. What steps might we take towards this?
  4. We want to expand our music program.  Where are music programs needed? 
  5. Since COVID, fewer people come to our workshops.  When are good times for online programs? 
  6. Our onboarding experience for board members is kind of boring. How can we make our onboarding experience more enjoyable? 

 

What is required of a Non-Profit Ambassador?  

Non-Profit Ambassadors will be required to contribute at least 35 hours to this project and must meet eligibility requirements.   If you answer YES to each of these questions, you are eligible to apply.  

 

Eligibility Requirements 

  1. You are a registered non-profit in the Fraser Fort-George.
  2. Your organization has not worked with CNC / UNBC students on an applied research projects 
  3. You will appoint one person (staff or volunteer) to support students as a Learning Partner between September – December 2021. This includes >15 hours ONLINE support for onboarding, mid-point check-in, presentation, reflection and coaching.  (If our COVID-19 situation changes, we might be able to do in person meetings.) 
  4. You are willing to contribute to 1 student and 1 non-profit learning module. 
  5. You are willing to act as an Ambassador.  You may be asked to share your story publicly, do a  case study, social media, or even speak to the local news.
  6. You are willing to share honest feedback. This includes a pre & post survey, a focus group discussion and a final report. 

 

Only 5 Non-Profit Organizations be Selected.  How will Non-Profit Organizations be chosen?  

Any non-profit organization that meets the eligibility requirements is invited to apply.  All applications will be scored on a rubric and a Committee will deliberate to select five Non-Profit Ambassadors.  The Committee will seek sectoral diversity, geographic diversity (with at least one non-profit in each Macleod Lake / Makenzie, Robson Valley/Simpcw; and Lheidli T’enneh / Prince George) and will ensure at least one Indigenous organization.     

 

Scoring Rubric 

  1. Is this a POWERFUL QUESTION? 
  • Is the scope of your question reasonable?  Can it be researched by students within an 80 hour period?
  • Are there resources available to support this kind of research?  (i.e. data, information, tools)
  • Is your organization able to implement the results of this research?  Is there an organizational mandate, funding or staffing to act on the results of this project?

 

  1. Are you commitment to student success?
  • Is the research question aligned with CNC / UNBC programs of study?
  • Has the organization identified a staff/volunteer to support student learning?
  • Does the organization demonstrate a commitment to student learning?

 

  1. Will this research project contribute to our communities?
  • Does this research question respond to an expressed need or idea in community? 
  • Is this research question aligned to community or municipal plans?
  • Will this research contribute towards reconciliation? 
  • Will these research findings will be useful for other organizations?

 

When does the research project start?  

Applications close on April 13 and Non-Profit organizations will be selected by May 1.  Between May – August, CNC and UNBC will identify students who are excited about your research project.  Applied research projects will begin in September 2021 and conclude by December 2021.   

 

How do I apply?  

Complete an online application at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Apply-W2L.  Here are the questions you will be asked:  

 

  1. What is the name of your non-profit organization? 

 

  1. Please provide your contact details.

 

  1. Provide a brief description of your organization.

 

  1. Where is your organization based?

 

  1. What is your research question?  Please be as simple as possible and remember, students only have 80 hours to explore this question. 

 

  1. Please describe any relevant background information about your question.  For example, how long have you had this question?  Why do you want to answer it now?  What information do you already have that might be useful?  What tools or resources do you have that will help students identify answers to this question?

 

  1. Why is this question important to your organization?

 

  1. Why is this question important to your community?

 

  1. After students identify possible answers to this question, how will you take action?  What will your organization do with the results? 

 

  1. We are developing learning modules for STUDENTS and we need your help.  We are asking each Non-Profit Ambassador to contribute to one student module. Would you feel comfortable sharing your wisdom for any of these topics?  Click all that apply.  (A list is provided)

 

  1. We are developing learning modules for NON-PROFIT organizations and we need your help. We are asking each Non-Profit Ambassador to contribute to one non-profit module. Would you feel comfortable sharing your experiences (good and bad) for any of these topics? Click all that apply.
  • How to onboard a student?
  • How to create an environment of safety and inclusion for students?
  • How to motivate students and provide meaningful feedback?
  • How to handle difficult moments?

 

  1. What makes your organization a good place for students to learn?  What are the things that you think students might value learning from you / your organization?  What will your organization do to ensure a positive learning experience?

 

  1. Have you ever hosted a student from CNC for an Applied Research Project? 

 

  1. Have you ever hosted a student from UNBC for an Applied Research Project? 

 

  1. Each organization is expected to pair students with a learning partner.  This person will provide onboarding, do a mid-point check-in, organize and participate in the student's final presentation and conduct a reflection at the end of the project.  This will take at least 15 hours and will be conducted online.   Who in your organization will be assigned as the learning partner?

 

  1. Each organization is expected to act as an Ambassador for this project. This means you may be asked to share your story on social media, in the local news or for a written case study.  Are you willing to publicly share your experience?

 

  1. This project is a pilot.  Each Non-Profit Ambassador will be asked to provide honest feedback about their experience with this project.  This includes completing a pre and post-experience survey, participating in a focus group discussion and writing a final report.  Are you willing to do this?

 

  1. Anything else you want to tell us?  Provide any comments or questions here.