United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Small Co-operatives

What is the project about?

CEARC is currently conducting two research projects that are comprised of participants from the co-operative community in Canada and abroad. The first project, Co-operative Performance Indicators (CPI), is focused on measuring performance of 15 co-operatives in relation to the seven principles of co-operatives. The second project is comprised of 20 co-operatives in a pilot project to measure performance on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As a result of a capstone paper research on bike co-ops conducted by Eric Gosselin for his MMCCU degree at SMU, we became aware that these two projects (despite a general call for participants through various mediums) did not attract small for-profit and not-for-profit (NFP) co-operatives. Consequently, the measures developed did not consider the unique measurement needs of these groups.

The purpose of project is to specifically invite small for-profit and NFP co-operatives to work with CEARC to determine which indicators are applicable for them and how they can measure their performance.

How will the research be conducted?

The methodology for this  project is based on a participatory action research. While CEARC will lead the project, it is the participants who will determine the indicators that are relevant for their industry, type, and size. Due to concerns associated with the Covid-19 virus, participation will be virtual using online surveys and webinars.

Who is doing the research?

The project will be led by Drs. Daphne Rixon and Fiona Duguid and will be assisted by SMU alumni Eric Gosselin (MMCCU, 2019). The participants recruited for this project are small for-profit and not-for-profit co-operatives in Canada.

Interested in participating or have questions?

Contact Daphne Rixon: daphne.rixon@smu.ca