Community Action Projects

Action Research Projects

Community Action Projects are action research projects funded by RPIRG and coordinated through the Community Research Unit in the Faculty of Arts at the U of R. These projects seek to provide students with the resources to undertake a mutually beneficial project with a group in their community. They are not, necessarily, traditional research projects, but stimulate learning and education in much the same way through action instead of observation.

Past Projects

Social Inclusion and Access to Health Care Among Transgender People in Canada – Literature Review

In partnership with EYES Regina, RPIRG is launching a new parent study time this fall!

EYES (Educating Youth in Engineering & Science) is a science and engineering education program for the youth of Regina and southern Saskatchewan. They offer in-school workshops, winter clubs, and summer camp programs, reaching thousands of southern Saskatchewan youth each year. This fall they are launching a new weekly drop-in program for youth ages 5-12 here on campus. RPIRG has partnered with EYES to promote this programming as a way to offer parents a way to also have some dedicated study time.

The program will run this fall on Wednesdays from September 25-November 27, 2019 5:30-8:30pm in RIC 208, and is open to all parents on campus - whether they are students, faculty, admin, or community members.

This is a pilot project, and as such we are still working out some details. We are currently working to organize simultaneous supervised care for youth under 5, to support parents with multiple children or children under 5 yrs. We will provide updates to this as they are confirmed. If you have any questions about this EYES program, please contact Megan at

Parenting workshops - Breastfeeding and Post birth activities (Winter 2020)

This research took place in September and October 2018, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Transgender Health Coalition (STHC). The goals of the literature review are to:

  • Enhance knowledge and inform future decision making at community and agency levels with regard to advocating for transgender health reform in the province of Saskatchewan;
  • Compare Saskatchewan’s transgender health policies and service provision to other provinces and to the standards of care recommended by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health; and
  • Identify and collect information regarding how access to healthcare affects the social inclusion of transgender people in Canada

Partners in this project include:

  • Emily Ritenburg – Action Researcher
  • Cat Haines – Program Coordinator – UR Pride and STHC representative
  • Stephanie Madill – Associate Professor – College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Harm Reduction Interventions for Chronic and Severe Alcohol use Among Populations Experiencing Homelessness – Literature Review

The goal of this project was to compare look at tool sharing projects in other cities – comparing membership structure, types of tools, and other infrastructure – and make recommendations as to how a similar project could be implemented in Regina. A tool share is a concept not unlike a car share/co-op program, whereby a membership-based organization collects, stores, and maintains a library of tools that its members can access. This is ideal for people who for example do not have room to store tools, or cannot afford them, or may only need access to some specific tools on an occasional basis, among other reasons.

Partners in the project include:

  • Naomi Beingessner – Community Research Unit
  • David Vanderberg – Research Committee
  • Kerry-Ann Sitcheron – Action Researcher

A copy of the report can be found here.

Community Tool Library Initiative – Feasibility Study

The goal of this project was to look at best practices for implementing managed alcohol programs (MAPs) to enhance harm reduction services that serve populations experiencing homelessness in Regina. This project was proposed by Carmichael Outreach, who wanted to look at ways to improve and better advocate for services for their clients.

Partners in the project include:

  • Lynn Gidluck – Community Research Unit
  • Nicolas Olson – Carmichael Outreach
  • Rochelle Berenyi – Carmichael Outreach
  • Cora Sellers – Carmichael Outreach
  • Gabriela Novotna – Associate Professor – Social Work, University of Regina
  • Erin Nielsen – Action Researcher

A copy of the report can be found here.

U-Pass Implementation at the University of Regina

The goal of this project was to compile information about the universal bus pass (U-Pass) program in other cities and create a cost-recovery analysis and social return on investment forecast for a potential U-Pass program in Regina. The results were compiled in a report which served as a resource to the U-Pass campaign and the URSU U-Pass committee, as they continue to work towards having a U-Pass for the University of Regina students.

A copy of the report can be found here and on our resources page.

Partners in the Project included:

Larissa Flister- Action Researcher

Campus Living Wage Feasibility Study

The goal of this project was to create a feasibility study for a university-wide living wage initiative. A living wage is described as the minimum income needed to meet a workers basic needs. In Saskatchewan the living wage is deemed to be $16.46/hour. It is our hope that this project will move the University of Regina a few steps closer to becoming a living wage campus.

Partners in the project included:

  • Naomi Beingessner – Community Research Unit
  • Andrew Stevens- Dept of Sociology and Faculty of Business
  • Kent Peterson- Saskatchewan Federation of Labour
  • Sarah Cibart- Action Researcher
  • Christell Simeon- Action Researcher

A copy of the report can be found here.

Campus Composting Feasibility Study

The goal of this project was to create a feasibility study for a university-wide composting plan. First, waste audits and composting pilot projects at the university are reviewed. Then, exploration of other compost programs on other campuses, communities, large institutions and businesses leads to ideas of best practices. Results will be disseminated throughout the Regina community for the use of organizations and similar institutions.

A copy of the report can be found here and on our resources page.

Partners in the project include:

Mapping Corporate Power Project

This project researches and maps the primary ways and means through which corporate influence is exercised over public policy formulation and/or implementation in Saskatchewan. By understanding how public policy is actually produced and implemented, we can share this with the community to improve public engagement and the effectiveness of community input into policy.

The final report, “Mapping Corporate Power in Saskatchewan” traces the ties between the major corporate contributors to both the Saskatchewan Party and the New Democratic Party, and their links to other corporate interest and advocacy groups. The research demonstrates that Saskatchewan corporations have the networks, the committed leadership, the organization, and the access to government to play a large role in shaping public policy. As record amounts of corporate money flood our political system, Saskatchewan urgently needs a publicly accessible lobbyist registry to let citizens track corporate lobbying. As one of the few provinces that do not currently have a lobbyist registry, Saskatchewan is vulnerable to the perception that corporations have undue influence over both major political parties.

Partners in the project include:

North Central Community History Project Profiles Component

This collaborative community action project compiled and publicized written profiles of important historical and contemporary public figures from the North Central neighbourhood. The goal of this project is to promote pride in the community through increased awareness of the contributions of current and former neighbourhood residents in the fields of politics, sports & recreation and arts & culture. All profiles were publicized within the neighbourhood, through a website.

Partners in the project include:

North Central Community History Project Online Mapping Component

This community history project first focused on researching and writing profiles of important contemporary and historical residents from North Central, and our next phase was to make this information publicly available through a website hosted by NCCA. In our process of research, we uncovered lots of little tidbits – old newspapers, photographs, names and addresses of important people and businesses – in addition to the more comprehensive profiles.

The new project is an interactive historical map of the neighbourhood on this website. Using google maps or other user-friendly software, this map features information (like links to complete profiles, scanned images from newspapers, historical photos and maps, historical trivia) tagged to specific locations. The community (North Central and otherwise) can interact with this map by commenting on information and being able to add (or request an addition) their own historical information. This website allows the project partners to share our exciting research with the public.

Check out the map here.

Partners in the project include:

Crime Free Multi-Housing Project

This community development project focuses on improvement of the quality and safety of rental housing in Regina through the Crime-Free Multi-Housing program. Once information has been collected, it will be compiled in an accessible and easily understood literature review with the purpose of sharing it with the Regina Police Services and other community stakeholders.

The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is a state-of-the-art, crime prevention program designed to reduce crime, drugs, and gangs on multi-dwelling properties. This program was successfully developed at the Mesa Arizona Police Department in 1992 and implemented in Canada in 1994. The International Crime Free Multi-Housing Program has spread to nearly 2,000 cities in 44 U.S. states, 5 Canadian Provinces, and other countries. The program consists of three phases that must be completed under the supervision of the local police department. Property managers can become individually certified after completing training in each phase and the property becomes certified upon successful completion of all three phases.

Partners in the project include:

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