Spinal Cord Injury Peer Mentorship Research

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SCI Alberta, SCI BC, SCI Ontario, University of British Columbia, SCI Action Canada, Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire en réadaptation, Ability New Brunswick and the Rick Hansen Institute have partnered with McGill University researchers to enable a diverse understanding of SCI peer mentorship outcomes and develop a sustainable SCI peer mentorship evaluation tool for uptake by the SCI community. The knowledge derived from the research activities aims to be novel, methodologically sound, and practically relevant. This partnership will co-create knowledge that is academically, organizationally, and socially meaningful. Through this, those involved will establish a foundation for continued community-university collaboration leading to future partnership activities to evaluate and optimize SCI peer mentorship.

This partnership will generate new knowledge about:

  • The impact of SCI peer mentorship on outcomes for mentees
  • The mechanisms by which community-based programs support people with SCI;
  • The needs of community partners for evaluating peer mentorship programs;
  • The SCI community's needs in a peer mentorship evaluation tool; and
  • The community partners' barriers and facilitators to implementing the evaluation tool.