Welcome to the Community Ideas Factory

The Community Ideas Factory is a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-funded collaborative research project that blends the principles of Community-Based Research with the tools of Creative Problem-Solving (CPS) to develop fundable ‘social innovations’ for philanthropy; solutions… Read More


The project is conceived of in two phases:  Phase 1: Gathering of background knowledge A literature review is conducted to identify best practices in social innovation in the target sector. Data is then gathered in order to garner… Read More

Research & Reports

Sector: Housing Type of data collection: Focus groups When: October 13, 2016 Description: In October 2016, fifty individuals working within the housing community in the Halton Region participated in six focus groups to discuss the major issues and gaps… Read More

CIF Team Members

Co-investigators Dr. Michael McNamara, Project Director & Professor, Sheridan College. michael.mcnamara@sheridancollege.ca Dr. Sara Cumming, Co-Principal Investigator & Professor, Sheridan College. sara.cumming@sheridancollege.ca Sarah McPherson, Director, Communications and Development, the Oakville Community Foundation Collaborators Dr. Patrice Esson, Sheridan College Dr. Kirsten Madsen, Sheridan College… Read More

CIF News

Conferences Upcoming: Creative Problem Solving and Applied Sociology Workshop American Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology Annual Conference. Cleveland, Ohio, October 4-8, 2017. Michael J.M. McNamara and Sara J. Cumming http://www.aacsnet.net/2017-conference-use-sociology/   Community Ideas Factory: Exploring Community Collaborations to… Read More

Contact Us and Stay Connected

Email: Angela Di Nello, Project Coordinator, angela.dinello@sheridancollege.ca Twitter: https://twitter.com/@communityideasc Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/communityideasc/