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Strategic Research Plan

The UFV community has participated in two rounds of online conversation to help shape UFV’s next Strategic Research Plan: Research that Transforms (2022–2027).

While we prepare for phase 3, you are welcome to read more about the consultation process below.

Why Howspace?

Howspace is an AI-powered platform designed to facilitate meaningful online collaboration. We chose this platform for phases 1-2 of our consultations/discussions – open to all UFV faculty, staff, students, and alumni – to make the experience as flexible, accessible, and engaging as possible.

Participants were able to:

  • Respond to some or all of our questions around their schedules
  • Write or speak (i.e. record) their responses
  • View all responses and engage with people's ideas through liking/commenting
  • Remain anonymous
  • Return to the site using their personal access URL to edit, delete or add to their ideas
  • Experiment with built-in AI tools to visualize trends/themes in the discussion

Phase 1: visioning

  • Duration: May 1021, 2021.
  • Participants chose between two pathways of questioning. One set of questions was tailored for faculty and staff, while the other was tailored for students and alumni.
  • 169 people participated, including 115 who wrote at least one comment.
  • The themes that emerged in phase 1 were used to develop questions for phase 2.

Phase 2: transformation

  • Duration: May 28June 6, 2021.
  • Participants were brought together to discuss one set of questions.
  • 213 people visited the HowSpace site over 2,000 times (as of June 9, 2021).
  • Responses are currently being analyzed and used to develop the first draft of a Strategic Research Plan, which will be shared for UFV community feedback in phase 3.

Phase 3: TBA

  • Details coming soon.

For questions or to request transcripts

Jerri-Lynne Cameron, MA

Director, Research Services & Industry Engagement

Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies

Abbotsford campus, G290K

Phone: 604-557-4044

email Jerri-Lynne

"Ever since I became involved as a Research Assistant, and have started networking more with Amanda (McCormick) and the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research, I feel like all of these opportunities have just fallen in front of me."

  • – Kia Neilsen
  •    BA, Criminal Justice

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