The Centre for Research, Innovation & Scholarship (CRIS) uses integrated programming to support JIBC’s vision of being a "world leader in justice and public safety education and research."
The Centre works to support JIBC’s mandate of being the lead justice and public safety research institution in Canada. JIBC’s vision of keeping communities safe is realized through an active applied research agenda that engages first responders, first receivers, practitioners, policymakers, stakeholders and services users.
How does CRIS achieve its vision?
By developing new knowledge in emerging disciplines that inform best practices and public policies, enhances justice and public safety curriculum, leverages learning technologies and methodologies, and increases public awareness.
The research centre is dedicated to advancing justice and public safety through discovery, application, integration, teaching, and service.
How Does CRIS Support JIBC as a Research Leader?
By building capacity through scholarship
a. Creating internal capacity to contribute to society through scholarship (framed as discovery, application, integration, teaching and service)
b. Promoting student-led research which is important for student learning, student success, fostering a partnership with external agencies, and the development of a research culture.
By advancing the development of our disciplines and professions
a. Promoting educational research focused on curriculum development and assessment, and implementation/evaluation of teaching and learning technologies and methods (e.g. simulation, distributed learning, experiential learning)
b. Encouraging cross-disciplinary initiatives through partnerships with stakeholders and industry.
By leading applied justice and public safety research
a. Conducting exploratory research focused on social, justice and public safety issues that require action from the community and/or government (e.g. procedural, policy, services)
b. Developing, evaluating, and commercializing justice and public safety processes and products, such as software training tools or field analysis tools.
How does the Research Support Fund Build Research Capacity at JIBC
The Government of Canada's Research Support Fund (RSF), administered by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS), helps Canadian post-secondary institutions and affiliated research hospitals/institutes with the indirect costs associated with research funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Indirect costs of research support institutional research programs but are not directly associated with specific research projects. At JIBC this includes the salaries of administrative staff who support researchers and their projects, the development of institutional support for completing grant and award applications and research proposals, and operating costs of research infrastructure.
JIBC annually reviews how the generous support of RSF funds can best assist research. Currently, RSF funding is helping to build research infrastructure and capacity by supporting the management and administration of JIBC research.