Masters students tackle BC-related research questions through UVic course.
Students at UVic have an incredible opportunity to develop their research skills while helping to improve the lives of BC’s children and families, thanks to a course titled Graduate Studies 505.
GS 505: Research and Evaluation in Children, Youth and Family Services Policies is a multi-disciplinary internship, spearheaded by UVic Knowledge Mobilization Services and instructed by Drs. Gord Miller and Wayne Mitic, (School of Child and Youth Care). Students in the course learn about research and evaluation techniques and select one research question to explore, aided in their investigations by mentors from the MCFD.
“Through this experience, I was able to research an issue close to my heart and work with professionals directly engaged in the topic area,” explains a GS 505 student from the 2013/14 session. After the students complete their research, they share their findings with Ministry officials, enabling these government practitioners and policy-makers to address pressing research needs within their areas of responsibility.
“[Our office] has greatly benefited from UVic students involved in the research course,” says a ministry official from the Provincial Office of Domestic Violence (PODV). “[The students’] hard work, diverse perspectives and involvement has enriched PODV’s work in the last two years and is greatly appreciated.”
With projects including research on adoption, special needs, youth justice, mental health, early years and child welfare, this innovative course develops UVic students’ research skills while giving them a chance to change the lives of BC families.
For more information on the course, click here.