New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network


Danielle Lenarcic Biss (NBSPRN Student Grant recipient):

“Working in the Department of Psychology this summer at Mount Allison University as a NBSPRN Student Grant recipient was a fantastic and rewarding opportunity. I was fortunate to get a head start on my honours thesis project, investigating students’ readiness for post-secondary education and independent living, through the development of a psychometric scale intended for students in their final year of high school. Over the summer, I was able to focus intensively on recruitment and data collection of a sample of senior high school students, while also beginning my review of the relevant literature pertaining to my project. I am grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the Network so that my research may have the potential to play a key role in students’ career planning and predicting student success.”

Dr. Jacqueline Low, UNB:

“If not for the research network, we would not have developed the partnership with government. I seriously think we would not have got the funding we did to support the research”.

Gayle MacDonald, St. Thomas, Assistant Vice President, Research:

“Andy Scott’s ‘dream’ of increasing evidence-based policy has a true chance of happening as a result of NBSPRN. As an Advisory Board member and as a Research Administrator, I see the potential for this organization in several facets of my work-life. It is a testament to Andy’s vision to see this realized, and a factor in the good governance of New Brunswick that university research based social policy can be finally achieved.”

Kylie de Chastelain (Mount Allison NBSPRN Student Grant Recipient):

“I was very fortunate to receive an NBSPRN Student Grant. I am so appreciative of the opportunities it afforded me insofar as facilitating additional research opportunities and travel to enhance my research pursuits. I spent the summer critically examining colonial norms and hidden curriculum in Canadian classrooms – and specifically how these realities impact Aboriginal students and their educational experiences. The Grant was extremely beneficial as it allowed me to purchase additional resources and assisted with travel costs to research libraries in the Greater Toronto Area.”

Corey Filiaggi, Mount Allison University (NBSPRN Student Grant recipient): 

“The NBSPRN grant was very helpful! I am very grateful to the NBSPRN for providing me with an opportunity to complete valuable research at Mount Allison University this summer. My research with Lyme disease goes beyond the lab and my collaboration with the NBSPRN has supported our exploration of this socially relevant disease. The NBSPRN has been the perfect organization with which to collaborate.”

Mario Levesque Mount Allison University, Political Science Professor:

“I find the NBSPRN to be a valuable tool. I have used it to get in touch with government officials to develop research priorities and to facilitate connections with community stakeholders. These connections have proved to be very helpful and we remain in regular contact as the research unfolds. This ensures that the research moves beyond theoretical relevance to be useful for decision makers and practitioners alike. I have also been contacted by researchers from other universities to participate in their research and to develop new projects. Overall, the NBSPRN has allowed me to quickly incorporate provincially relevant research into my larger research agenda.”

Dr. Mathieu Bélanger, Université de Moncton, Director of Research at the Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick:

“Thanks to the NBSPRN I met knowledge users that are most likely to apply my research findings in their future policy and programming. The NBSPRN also allowed me to meet other researchers in New Brunswick with whom I still maintain close collaborations. There is no doubt that the NBSPRN contributed positively to the success I’ve had in recent national subsidy competitions. I am very grateful. ”

Marie-Andrée Pelland, Université de Moncton, Assistant Professor:

“The collaboration with the NBSPRN facilitated the success of the Partenariat entre fonctionnaires provinciaux et chercheurs universitaires : construire ensemble une culture du savoir event.  More than forty people attended the event and the NBSPRN was  able to convince more than fifteen officials to participate in the study. The relationships facilitated by the NBSPRN and its representative at the Université de Moncton, Jennifer Godin, created links between researchers and officials that enabled the implementation of a research project that is part of the Policy Prevention and Crime Reduction initiatives of the provincial government. More than five officials of the Acadian Peninsula are also involved in a project to produce evidence based decision-making in youth intervention in the region. Without the cooperation of the network, none of these links would have been possible. “

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