The Supporting Transparent and Open Research Engagement and Exchange (STOREE) Project is funded through a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant. The STOREE Project aims to support community- and university-led initiatives targeted at increasing the accessibility of research. Our current partners include: the University of British Columbia (UBC) Library, Simon Fraser University Library, The UBC Learning Exchange, and the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use.

The STOREE Project seeks to address two main research questions:


How can research be more accessible, relevant to, and useful for non-academic audiences?


  • Work with institutional partners and community groups to develop a framework for community-based Knowledge Exchange (KX) to provide theoretical grounding and guidance for the research.
  • Evaluate and iteratively enhance dissemination platforms used by partner organizations that enable wider access to and use of scholarly research.
  • Co-create and evaluate non-traditional genres of research dissemination.
  • Build capacity of community groups to find, evaluate, share and use research (i.e., information literacy).


How can researchers be supported in changing scholarly practices, including how they disseminate research and interact with research populations?

  • Position libraries/librarians to be integral actors in knowledge exchange, to complement their existing roles in research and scholarly communication.
  • Support next-generation researchers to collect and disseminate research in socially relevant and accessible ways.


Here are some of our initiatives. Please check in with us for updates as we continue.


Subproject: Community Scholars
Team leads: Heather De Forest, Suzanne Smythe
Read about our Community Scholars subproject here.

Subproject: Downtown Eastside (DTES) Research Access Portal
Team leads: Luanne Freund, Aleha McCauley
Read about our this subproject here (Formerly known as Info Hub).

Subproject: BC Centre on Substance Use Knowledge Translation Study
Team leads: Heather O’Brien, Lindsey Richardson
Read about our BCCSU KT subproject here.

Getting involved

If you would like to be involved with the STOREE research project or have queries, please contact us.