A National Look at the Outcomes and Impacts of Engagement
Research on the outcomes and impacts of community engagement in higher education is still at a nascent stage, particularly when it comes to documenting engagement’s impact beyond the institution. Existing research tends to be qualitative in nature, focused on individual partnerships, and often conducted by partners. A key finding from the CUMU Community Engagement Evaluation Huddle is that members are eager for a more comprehensive understanding of how outcomes and impact are conceptualized, measured, and facilitated across institutions.
This presentation will share findings from a national, mixed-methods research project looking at the outcomes and impacts of community engagement using the Collaboratory database, which includes community engagement data from almost 50 institutions. The project, supported through the first CUMU-Collaboratory Research Fellowship, aims to develop a baseline understanding of the types of outcomes and impacts partnerships are aiming for and achieving, as well as how the characteristics of partnerships, projects, and institutions shape what outcomes they are working to achieve.
– Dr. Paul Kuttner, CUMU-Collaboratory Research Fellow; Director of Programs, Community Campus Partnerships for Health; and former associate director of University Neighborhood Partners at the University of Utah
– Erin Clouse, Director of Strategy and Alignment, University of Utah Medical Group
– Tanner Ellison, Research Analyst, University of Utah
Paul is the 2022-2023 CUMU-Collaboratory Research Fellow and is currently the Director of Programs at Community-Campus Partnerships for Health. Prior to his role with CCPH, he served as the Associate Director in the Office of University Neighborhood Partners at the University of Utah, where he led UNP’s work in the areas of community-based research and evaluation, as well a supporting the growth and evolution of the UNP network. A native of Boston, Paul earned his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to graduate school, Paul worked as a community educator, teaching theater and creative writing in schools and community organizations across Chicago.