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ESC: Building a Culture of Engagement Through Data: Planning for Success

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Building a Culture of Engagement Through Data: Planning for Success

Advancing a coordinated approach to engagement poised to move the needle on topics of key institutional and community priority requires a strategic approach to data. When done well, institutions can use engagement data to successfully increase understanding of and buy-in for engaged work, advocate for its recognition in promotion and tenure policies, and ultimately develop a broader acceptance of engagement as a key strategy for accomplishing institutional goals. However, institutional capacity to collect and leverage community engagement data is not yet commonplace.

This presentation will share how 40+ institutions are actively working to build a culture of engagement through the strategic collection and use of community engagement and public service data on their campuses. We will share, in detail, a success planning process each institution has completed, where they identified short- and long-term goals to:

  • Build capacity to collect and understand their engagement through data
  • Identify and strategically orient how the data will be used on campus
  • Develop buy-in across various stakeholder groups (e.g., leadership, faculty/staff, community partners)

Themes across institutions’ success plans along with the steps they are taking to achieve their short- and long-term goals will be shared. Attendees will be given the tools to complete their own success plans and assist their institutions in building a culture of engagement through data.

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Sep 13 2021


2:15 pm - 3:00 pm


Open to the Public
Engagement Scholarship Consortium


Engagement Scholarship Consortium


  • Kristin Medlin
    Director of Research & Development at Collaboratory
  • Lauren Wendling
    Director of Institutional Success, Collaboratory

    Lauren works to ensure that all institutions successfully implement and utilize Collaboratory software to tell their story of community engagement. Prior to joining Collaboratory, Lauren worked as a Graduate Assistant within the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Office of Community Engagement where she built capacity for and implemented Collaboratory software to gather information from across campus and the community to inform assessment, institutional decision-making, and to tell the story of IUPUI’s collective impact. Lauren earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Indiana University Bloomington, with a focus on urban education. Lauren’s scholarship focuses on the recognition and evaluation of engaged scholarship within promotion and tenure and the institutionalization of community engagement.

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