SPARC BC Research and Consulting Services are delivered by a passionate team of multi-disciplinary Researchers and Project Coordinators who excel at bringing people together to create innovative solutions based on community strengths.
Our extensive knowledge of social policy and planning issues combined with our expertise in applied qualitative and quantitative research ensures the processes and products we co-create with our clients and collaborators are of the highest quality and directly applicable to the issue in question.
For more information about SPARC BC Research and Consulting, contact Scott Graham, Manager of Research and Consulting:
More than 3,000 individuals and over 100 different organizations from the non-profit sector, government, academia, and local health authorities have participated or partnered in our research. See a list of some of our collaborators, clients and partners...
SPARC BC Research and Consulting adheres to the SPARC BC Research Ethics Policy. We believe in evidence-based, inclusive and action-oriented approaches that serve as a catalyst for positive change. We are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes with all of our clients and collaborators. We have a successful track record in using the full range of social science research methods and specialize in the following:
We favour participatory strategies that ensure all participants are able to make contributions and that all people that have a stake in the issues are heard throughout the process. We custom-build each planning project by matching the most appropriate strategies with the context and needs of the project and aim to include individuals and groups that do not traditionally get involved in planning activities.
Although we may use different strategies for different projects, our approach to planning is rooted in the seven-step planning model developed by Peter Boothroyd (CHS Bulletin, 1991), which has proven to be useful for a diverse range of planning projects. Below is a general outline of the common steps for how SPARC plans with and for our clients and partners in the nonprofit sector, government (First Nations, federal, provincial, regional and municipal) as well as the business community.
Following these steps we draw upon our Community Engagement Toolkit (PDF), selecting those options that are most culturally responsive to the context of the planning work.