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Moving Beyond Anecdotes: Measuring and Articulating Impact of Community Engagement Courses

Date: Tuesday October 26, 2010

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Panelists: David Burt, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine; Loren Intolubbe-Chmil, M.Ed., Doctoral Candidate, Leadership, Foundations & Policy; Edith (Winx) Lawrence, Professor, Clinical & School Psychology

Community Engagement and Service Learning courses often have a profound impact on the students who take them.  These students often express their gratitude in glowing emails which include testimonies such as: “This course changed my life,” “I will never look at the world in the same way,”  “working with community X has opened my eyes for the importance of Y and I have decided to study Z to be in a better position to help,” etc. In addition to student feedback, faculty often feedback community partners often express their appreciation to the instructor.

But how do we measure the different dimensions of impact on students and the community?  How do we know what is and isn’t making a difference and why?  How can we corroborate the anecdotal evidence with other data sources to demonstrate our courses’ transformative value?  And finally how can we articulate impact in a way that speaks to outside audiences including our colleagues, potential donors and accreditation agencies?

In responding to the above questions, the panel will give examples from their own assessment projects and share their experiences with articulating impact.  Participants will leave the discussion with a broader understanding of the challenges and benefits of designing evaluations that can demonstrate the value of their excellent and time-consuming work in the classroom and the community!

Sponsored by the Teaching Resource Center and the Office of University and Community Partnerships

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