The NextGen Database
We have built an online, searchable database to help identify potential new collaborators (and collaborations) for Next Generation. The database also allows the media, students, policy-makers, and the general public to identify Canadian experts.
The database includes Canadian researchers from universities, colleges, institutes, think-tanks and civil society organizations working on international development and humanitarian assistance.
This community is large. To keep the process manageable, we are developing the database in three phases, identifying primary, secondary and tertiary targets.
Our primary targets (January – April 2017) are the 22 institutional members of the Canadian Consortium of University Programs in International Development Studies (CCUPIDS) and “practitioner-researchers”. The latter are people who work for civil society organizations focused on international development and humanitarian assistance, and are involved in academic-practitioner collaborations or research that shapes and informs policy and programmatic development.
Our secondary targets (May – September) include universities, colleges and think tanks not captured in the first round that are focused on international development, humanitarian assistance and global cooperation.
Our tertiary targets (September and beyond) encompass all CASID and CCIC members and related academic disciplines (political science, economics, etc.) and geographical associations (Africa, Asia, etc.) that may want to be part of the database. In this phase, individuals will create their own profiles.
We have used the first phase of data collection to develop and fine tune the vocabularies for each category (sectoral focus, geographic focus, demographic focus, development actors, research methodology types). These vocabularies will change as the database grows.
We do not expect the database to be exhaustive. But the ability for individuals to create and update their profiles through a single-profile editor feature will make the database comprehensive, current and sustainable.