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CLARI is a cross-province, multi-post-secondary education partnership designed to support Nova Scotia communities with academic and research expertise, designated spaces and communications technology to address social and economic challenges.

Across Nova Scotia

The CLARI network spans the province, combining the talents and resources of its six founding partner universities and the Nova Scotia Community College’s 13 campuses. CLARI partners can assist communities in all parts of the province to develop social and economic change 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 supports a cross section of stakeholders to come together to find creative actions to address a shared problem or to maximize the 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. Through an intereative process, 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.

Supporting social innovation

CLARI network partners are concerned with how they can best work together to support community-based change activities taking place across Nova Scotia. They 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 the allocation of spaces at each partner location in which to host stakeholders and support distance-collaboration via videoconferencing among a wide range of educational disciplines.

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The CLARI facility at SMU serves as the administrative hub for the province-wide network. This space can support collaborations of up to 60 participants with work spaces and advanced videoconferencing capabilities.

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