Drs. Daphne Rixon and Dr. Fiona Duguid receive grant for co-operative sector research

Above (l-r) : Dr. Daphne Rixon, Dr. Fiona Duguid

Above (l-r) : Dr. Daphne Rixon, Dr. Fiona Duguid

Dr. Daphne Rixon, Executive Director and Dr. Fiona Duguid, Research Fellow, Centre of Excellence in Accounting and Reporting for Co-operatives (CEARC) have been awarded a Partnership Engage Grant of $24,900 to work with Co-operatives Mutuals Canada (CMC) on research that identifies SDGs beneficial in measuring co-operative performance.

Given the increased interest in the SDGs globally and in Canada, and their growing importance regarding building resilience, stability, peace, and public security, the co-operative sector is ripe for understanding their role and improving their contributions to these global goals.

Key here is the need for empirical, standardized data that can be reported by each co-operative to their members, as well as aggregated into a national dataset describing the co-operative sector as a whole. These data points can then be reported to the Federal government to support its’ measurement and reporting of the SDGs on the global stage.

After decades of work with the United Nations, 193 countries, including Canada, adopted The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015. Since the signing, there has been a growing need and interest in how to measure and report on the SDGs. The Canadian co-operative sector does not have a mechanism to design, measure and report on the sector’s SDG impact. This Partnership Engage Grant (PEG) aims to answer the following: how is the Canadian co-operative sector contributing to Canada’s measurement and reporting on SDGs’ impact?

This project is comprised of online discussion boards, a survey, focus groups and through participatory action research ensures not only the central role of the community partner, CMC, in decision-making and intellectual leadership, but also ensures the development of practical, timely and beneficial SDG indictors that can be used by the co-operative sector.

Total funding for the project is $56,900 which includes $24,900 from SSHRC as well as in-kind funding of $15,000 from CEARC, $15,000 from CMC and $2,000 from IRECUS, University de Sherbrooke.

Dr. Rixon is responsible for overall management of the project, Dr. Fiona Duguid, CEARC Research Fellow is the Research Lead and Daniel P. Brunette, Director of Advocacy and Partnerships, CMC is the partner representative.

For more information about this project, please contact Daphne Rixon: daphne.rixon@smu.ca or Fiona Duguid: fduguid@gmail.com.