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CLARI is a cross-province, multi-post-secondary education partnership offering academic and research expertise, designated spaces and communications technology to support Nova Scotia communities in applying stakeholder collaboration techniques and action research toward addressing social and economic challenges.

Across Nova Scotia

CLARI’s hub-and-spoke style network spans the province, combining the talents and resources of its six founding partner universities and the Nova Scotia Community College’s 13 campuses. Through CLARI, partners can assist communities in all parts of the province in developing social and economic improvement projects while providing enhanced learning opportunities for students.

Acadia University

Cape Breton University

Mount Saint Vincent University

St. Francis Xavier University

Saint Mary’s University

Nova Scotia Community College

Université Sainte-Anne


What does “CLARI” stand for?

Change Lab generally occurs when a cross section of stakeholders unites to find common ground upon which to find creative solutions to a shared problem or to maximize the potential outcomes of a shared opportunity. Action Research measures and observes an activity, especially the execution of a solution or strategy, to identify and optimize the results of that activity. Using a cycle of try-measure-improve, often through several iterations, Action Research can enhance outcomes targeted during the Change Lab process. Action Research is about engaging participants as co-researchers, working equally and collaboratively with academic-based researchers.

How to be most helpful

Throughout the autumn of 2016, CLARI partners will be engaged in a process of discovery to determine how they can best work together to support community-based change activities taking place across Nova Scotia. At the same time, partners are making connections with potential CLARI clients, some of which are already engaged in initiatives for which CLARI’s network of resources can help them build capacity toward reaching their community and economic development goals.

Collaboration spaces  

Key to CLARI’s ability to serve communities across the province has been in allocating spaces at each partner location in which to host stakeholder collaborations and support distance-collaboration via videoconferencing among a wide range of educational and other disciplines.

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The CLARI facility at SMU serves as the administration hub for the province-wide network. This newly renovated space can support collaborations of up to 60 participants with work spaces and advanced videoconferencing capabilities. When the facility is not in use by CLARI clients it is available for workshops and group videoconferencing to both Saint Mary’s University clients and the broader Metro Halifax community. To book the CLARI facility at SMU, contact SMU Conference Services.

For information about the CLARI Program, contact the CLARI Network Manager