The CRI-VIFF is a unique partnership experience between universities, communities and institutions. All activities are carried through close collaborations between academics and community services. Currently, 49 researchers, 35 community services or program and policy making organizations are brought together in three research teams. In this perspective, the CRI-VIFF’s functional structure is based on parity between academics and partners (community, autonomous and institutional services). Administratively, CRI-VIFF is linked to Université Laval and Université de Montréal.