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The Observatory will engage in research both on its own initiative and by working with other organizations. Its major research focus will be the Niagara area, but with reference to how the Niagara area is situated in the provincial, national, binational, and international spheres.
The strength of the Observatory will rest in the high level of expertise available in the University, and in the Observatory’s objectivity. The Observatory will produce non-partisan, evidence-based research. The Observatory will also strive to foster the sharing of research by diverse elements of the community who might be working on the same issues from different perspectives.
The Observatory could become involved in a number of activities. It is expected that the activities of the Observatory will change over time in response to the needs of the community. The Director, acting on the advice of the Provost and advisory committees, will decide which of these activities to pursue. Some possibilities are:
The Director will be primarily responsible for the successful conduct of these activities, but the work can be organized in a number of ways. One way of facilitating the work and involving the community in these activities would be the establishment of working groups drawn from various partner organizations to provide advice on the conduct of particular activities.