Exploring the Nature of our Partnerships: Institution-wide Data Collection on Community Engagement
Lisa Keyne, TreeTop Commons Barbara Holland, Higher Education Consultant Kristin Medlin, TreeTop Commons Brenda Marsteller Kowalewski, Weber State University Lauren Wendling, TreeTop Commons
Overview: We invite teams of engagement administrators, leaders, and advocates to join us in developing strategies to identify, collect, interpret, and use community engagement metrics.
Through large group presentations, small group discussion, and individual team work, you will:
Share individual and institutional motivations for and uses of community engagement data
Understand the contexts which increase the need for institutions to define and describe community engagement
Learn with two campuses as they use Collaboratory to collect, analyze, and visualize related data (including examples of data outputs for discussion)
Explore strategies for using data as a basis for measuring outcomes and impact across faculty/staff, students, community partners, and institutions
Consider how to create opportunities to increase the rigor of scholarship on the collective activities and impact of community-higher education partnerships
Review implications of this data for communications and messaging while maintaining best practices and standards
Examine how data enhances other institutional functions, e.g., the ability to convene and refer individuals and organizations across sectors working toward aligned agendas
We encourage you to include on your team an institutional administrator and community engagement professional, and others interested in deepening your institution’s community engagement and institutional strategy. However, all are welcome!