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About Us

Who We Are.

A multi-institutional, cross-sectoral network led from McMaster University, The/La Collaborative's mission is to steer social and human research and skills where they are most needed. The/La Collaborative researches and creates new models of knowledge mobilization and talent-building for innovation and social impact that focus on the needs and interests of community partners across the social sector and beyond.

The/La Collaborative’s activities revolve around collaboration and experiential learning. Through their engagement, academics and students increase the impact of their university in their community and fuel collaborations that span across universities and their communities.

By promoting new approaches to knowledge mobilization and training to meet the needs of emerging researchers in the social sciences and humanities, we cater to the needs of their communities in innovative ways.

Our Mission

Creating models of knowledge mobilisation and talent-building that put social and human research and innovation at the heart of the community.

The/La Collaborative leverages the know-how of social sciences, humanities and arts researchers across all levels and sectors to engage, create and communicate the value of their disciplines while meeting their communities needs.

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Our Research

Canadian Forum on Innovation and Societal Impact

A joint-venture of the Canadian Science Policy Centre and The/La Collaborative, the Forum will convene social research and innovation stakeholders across sectors with the purpose of exploring alignment on policies and practices that leverage impact-first training and knowledge mobilisation in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) to foster innovation and build capacity in the social and municipal sectors.

Misalignment between employers’ perceived skills needs and SSH’s ability to meet them provides opportunity to articulate value of SSH

There is no reason collaborative skills cannot be cultivated in SSH students as much as those associated with innovation and adaptability.

Mobilizing Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts in Addressing Global Health Crises

Addressing pandemics and biological threats requires coordinated research, development, and effort for the testing and implementation of treatments, vaccines, and diagnostic tools. The panelists were tasked with reflecting on a range of issues as a catalyst toward defining strategies and policies to build capacity to strengthen and sustain a deep, multi-generational pool of research talent.

Foundational Skills and What the SSH Need to Know

What are employers implicit assumptions about the way individual skills contribute to innovation and intelligence in their organisations? Are social sciences and humanities disciplines attempts to articulate how these skills are fostered in their programs aligned with perceptions of needs?

Can universities bridge the graduate skills gap?

In trying to make graduates more job-ready, universities will have to guard against inadvertently compromising some of their offerings.

Report: Leveraging the Skills of Social Sciences and Humanities Graduates

Canadians are among the best-educated people on the planet. But are they getting the education they need — particularly in the fields of social sciences and humanities — to maximize their employment prospects in today’s fast-changing workplace?

Are the social sciences and humanities positioned to meet key employment skills?

A new report explores the foundational skills today’s employers need, and the disconnect with what universities say their programs offer students.

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