Research Shop

Know what's out there!

About us

The McMaster Research Shop works with public, non-profit, and community organizations in and beyond Hamilton to provide plain-language answers to your research questions.

We are committed to:

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Helping organizations make research-informed decisions and do research-grounded advocacy

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Providing our students with experience in collaborative research that responds to practical questions

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Fostering a spirit of creativity, mutual learning, openness, and trust

How it works


Connect with Us

Request a rapid research review and provide us with some details such as your purpose, audience and timeline.


Research Question

Teams of McMaster student research associates work with you to refine your research question.


Rapid Research Review

We create short plain-language reports (10-20 pages) in response to that question. Reports are ready in 12-16 weeks.

Rapid Research Review

Short plain-language reports (10-20 pages) in response to your research question

Reports may include:

  • review of academic publications,
  • survey of existing practices,
  • interviews with a small number of identified stakeholders or experts.
  • recommendations based on findings
Click here for a sample report


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“For a small organization with a limited budget, the Research Shop is an extremely useful program. Typically organizations and non-profits do not have the time or money to conduct research with this academic rigour.”

Who we are

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Cynthia Belaskie

Advisory Group

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Sheila Cranmer-Byng

Research Coordinator

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Tony Porter

Advisory Group

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Andrea Cole

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Pete Self

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Sheila Sammon

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Dave Heidebrecht

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Lorraine Carter

Advisory Group

Join us

Are you interested in volunteering to be a research associate?