LEDlab Field book

This field book looks at the Local Economic Development Lab partnership and funding model, and discusses organizational structure and accountability, budget, and our evaluation framework.

The field book was born from the regular incoming requests for information we receive about our program model. It is intended for universities, municipalities, non-profits and community development organizations that wish to replicate the LEDlab model, which is at its core a university-community partnership that leverages a large Mitacs research grant for social change.

However, this field book is not a step-by-step guide or a recipe for how to apply the model. We recognize that every lab is as unique as the problem it tries to solve and the environment it is embedded in.

The LEDlab Field Book is a work in progress as we continue to refine and iterate the model. We invite feedback on its content and design on an ongoing basis. Please send suggestions to info@ledlab.ca. Our hope is that by sharing this field book, the program model may have application beyond the specific geography of Vancouver’s inner city.