The NRE project began
in earnest in 1998 and has since benefited from the support of the following government
agencies , NGOs and Research Centres.
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and Agri-Food Canada
Resources Development Canada
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
The Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada
The Department of
Indian Affairs and Northern Development
The Canadian Rural
Newfoundland Department of Development and Rural Renewal
Chaire Desjardins en développement des petites collectivités
The Ontario Rural
Centre for the Study of Cooperatives, SK
Agricultural Initiatives Program
The Rural and
Small Town Programme, Mt. Allison University
Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation
Research partners are invited to ally their
research interests with those of the NRE over its new 4-year mandate. Communities,
researchers, financial partners, and NGOs are encouraged to bring their own focus to the
NRE in the form of projects. NRE data, intellectual property, and financial resources are
to be shared. Three types of partnership are anticipated: financial, issue-related, and
Financial partnerships are being built in two
steps. The first seeks partnerships with national government agencies, based on their need
to formulate and answer research questions to inform policy. Coincident with this step is
action by CRRF to raise the profile of the Foundation among NGOs holding rural interests.
The second stage is the CRRF Endowment Campaign seeking Cornerstone investments by the
private sector to support the NRE Research Program.
The process of consultation on the NRE
indicates that many prospective partners considering involvement with the NRE Research
Program are motivated by specific concerns or issues. Issue-related research, whether
regional, sectoral, or eclectic is enabled by the NRE approach. The approach is also
flexible enough to accommodate issues arising as the Research Program unfolds. New issues
are the principal outcome of nurturing the learning culture in rural communities.
Three types of research are foreseen for the
operations of the NRE, according to the nature of the research partnership.
1. Core CRRF research
2. Focused initiatives by partners
3. Allied partner research
Core research activities develop the
conceptual, theoretical and methodological strength of CRRF relative to its values and
vision of serving all rural Canadians, in an inclusive manner, building the rural economy
of the 2000s.
Focused initiatives by prospective partners
are assessed for inclusion in the NRE according to four criteria.
1. The initiators of the research are willing
to adhere to the standard principles of a contract with CRRF.
2. The research design uses field sites
defined from the CRRF sampling frame or otherwise provides for comparability with field
sites in the sample.
3. The research design uses the
lagging/leading framework for comparisons, whatever other comparative analyses are
4. Research partners working with regional
field sites collect data for core research and for other partners at marginal cost.
A focused partner initiative fulfilling all
four criteria is considered to form an integral part of the NRE Research Program and
eligible for administrative and financial support by the NRE.
If only one or two criteria are satisfied,
the initiative is considered to be allied partner research with free access to NRE data.
Should the proposed initiative not satisfy any of the criteria, it shall be considered to
be independent of the NRE Program, with terms of access to NRE data and resources to be
The NRE Program anticipates five sets of
investor partners. They are, CRRF, the Government of Canada, provincial, territorial, and
regional governments, the private sector including cooperatives, and community and other
non-governmental organizations with a rural constituency or mandate.
The NRE investment partnership plan is
marketed as two options. First, investors may place financial resources at the disposal of
the research management for application to the most needed use. Second, investors are
invited to underwrite parts of the NRE Program according to issues or internal mandates.
The NRE Program does not undertake contract
research on a fee-for-service basis. Rather, it is understood that the whole is much
greater than the sum of the parts. Each investor receives the output attributable to the
whole, well beyond the output attributable to their individual investment taken
Prospective investors are invited to support
specific components of the NRE Research Program. A number of themes and research designs
require support. Management costs such as the office of the Research Manager, or the
operating costs of the meetings of the Research Steering Committee could be supported. The
data management system could be a single investment. Student scholarships are needed. Many
generic research expenses unique to a national research program, such as air travel,
English/French translations of dissemination products, and educational meetings need to be
Investments may be made in-kind, services, or
financing. NGOs and community organizations are invited to discuss services. Businesses,
industries, and cooperatives are encouraged to consider financial support when possible. A
five-year commitment, either in the form of a lump sum or annually prorated amounts, is
All investment partners, no matter the size
or form of investment are invited to attend the CRRF conferences. Partners receive copies
of all dissemination products. All investors are acknowledged at every opportunity, on NRE
documents, at meetings, at the NRE website, and in dissemination products.