The Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research (‘CQ’) is an extra departmental unit based at the University of Toronto. CQ functions as an intellectual ‘home’ and resource for critical qualitative researchers in the health research community at the university and its affiliated research institutes and in other research settings in Canada and internationally.
Pre EDU-C, 2009-2016
CQ was jointly founded in 2009 by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Its creation built on the acumen of over 15 years of “QUIG” (Qualitative Inquiry Group), an informal collective of faculty and students engaged in qualitative research across the health-related sciences at the University of Toronto. QUIG was originally established by Dr. Joan Eakin within the former Department of Behavioural Science in the Faculty of Medicine (one of the departments merged into what eventually become the School of Public Health.)
In 2009, the transformation of QUIG (Qualitative Inquiry Group) into the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research (CQ) marked its entry into a new stage in which it became more deliberately structured and supported in order to sustain activities, engage in new undertakings, take advantage of and meet demands of the high interest in qualitative inquiry in the health research field, grow internationally, and ensure the continuity of the organization beyond its current dependence on particular individual faculty. From 2009-2016 CQ was co-sponsored by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) and the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing (LSBFON). In March 2016, CQ started the process for Extra-Departmental Unit C (EDU-C) status at the University of Toronto.
Transition to EDU-C (July 1st, 2016)
CQ holds Extra-Departmental Unit C (EDU-C) status as of July 1st, 2016. The Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) became the lead Faculty for CQ as an EDU-C and assumes active administrative and budgetary responsibility for the unit. The Centre does not hold any faculty budgetary appointments and any form of funding will be administered through the DLSPH. As of June 2016, CQ is no longer co-sponsored by LSBFON which remains a contributing partner.
In line with the existing Guidelines on Extra-Departmental Units, the Centre is a multidisciplinary unit designed to foster interdisciplinary research and scholarship promoting the development, teaching, and practice of critical qualitative research in the health field.
CQ’s Impact 2009-2013
In 2013, CQ prepared a report of its contributions to the field of qualitative health research and training during its first four years, from 2009 to 2013.
Gastaldo, D., Markoulakis, R., Howse, D., & Gladstone, B. (2013). The Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research 2009-2013: Appraisal of contributions to teaching and research. University of Toronto.