The Co-operative Innovation Project

Collaborative, Community-Led Solutions

Final Report

Hello from the Co-operative Innovation Project.

On this page, over the next few weeks — starting January 27, 2016 — is where you will find chapters of our final report from the Co-operative Innovation Project. These chapters may be updated as they are finalized; but some are ready for you to take a peek.

It’s been an interesting journey. We’ve visited communities from British Columbia to Manitoba, spoken with over two thousand people by phone, had over 350 community administrators answer a web-based survey about their community, and had a chance to learn from co-op developers on the ground about the intricacies and challenges of co-operative development.

Thank you to everyone.

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Co-operative Innovation Project Final Report:

Table of Contents:

Executive Summary.CIP A short look at our findings.

Overview.CIP An overview of the C0-operative Innovation Project, including partners, research direction, constraints, and timelines.

Research Research Design and Methodology. For those who want to know how we went about this project.

Plunkett Model of Development A look at Plunkettism as a way to think about co-op development.

Western Canada. By the numbers Snapshot 2015: A statistical overview of western Canada’s rural and rural indigenous communities.

1 Co-operative Development Some thoughts on: what is co-op development?

2 Co-op Development with Aboriginal Communities Some initial thoughts on good practices for co-op development with western Canada’s First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities.

3 Co-op Development in western Canada A look at the landscape of co-op development in western Canada.

4 Co-operative Development Building Strong Co-operatives Some perceptive insights from western Canada’s co-op developers.

5 Model of a Robust Co-operative Development Environment The Co-operative Innovation Project model of a robust co-op development environment.

Telephone Survey.CIP Results from our telephone survey with over 2000 western Canadian rural and Aboriginal citizens. What are their needs?

Web Survey.CIP Results from our web-based survey with over 350 municipal administrators and leaders in rural and Aboriginal communities.

Comparison telephone and web surveys. CIP Comparing the two surveys — what’s the same, where do they differ?

Community Needs.Western Canada.CIP When we visited communities, what did people say were their top community needs? Find out!

Community Capacity.CIP Are communities working together, across rural and Aboriginal western Canada? What did they say about themselves during CIP community visits?

Conclusion.CIP Some final thoughts from CIP on larger issues at play in western Canada.


Community events:

N SK and N MB CSDs grouped.CIP2015

Community Planning Document

C.2-Participant Consent Form

Meeting Agenda

Note Takers Template


D.3-Moderator Guide


Plotting Exercise2

B.1-Poster_Solutions Chart

B.1-Evaluation Form

Interviews with Co-operative Developers:

Cooperative Development questions

Telephone Survey Questionnaire:

Telephone Survey.CIP2015

Web-based Survey Questionnaire:

Web-based Survey.CIP2015

Community Reports

Find all the community reports in their own page on this website. Go here.

Bibliography Actually, references cited throughout the report. With so many people working on this project, a full scale bibliography of all works read that contributed to CIP knowledge was not possible.