In 2011-2012, the University developed this unique application in response to internal and external concerns that faculty, staff, and students were unknowingly duplicating outreach activity and investing resources without attention to metrics on impact or effectiveness in the community. A task force assembled through the University’s Office of Public Affairs and Communications recommended a central database so engaged members of the Notre Dame community could share their projects with each other, and encourage new partnerships to form to maximize resources and impact.
The University of Notre Dame collects projects in this application based on the definition engagement provided by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Classification of Community Engagement:
Community Engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities-local, regional/state, national, global-for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
How to Use This Database
Enter / Update Your Project – Your contributions matter. Please share your engagement activity by entering your NetID and password, then click “Create Project” to get started. Once set up, you can update your project at anytime.
University outreach and engaged partnerships for the purposes of this database can include applied research; support services to education, business, non-profit organizations, government, and community groups. The report should be limited to agreements between the institution and an external entity only, not an individual faculty member or staff's personal activity (coaching, church activities, club membership, etc.). In other words, please report partnerships that derive from the associated faculty or staff member's role / discipline within the University.
Some common characteristics of Partnerships:
Focus on a community need or issue.
- Provides opportunities for faculty, staff and students to participate in community-based learning, research or service.
- Are tied to an external community partner organization(s).
- Activities are of mutual benefit to the partner and the university.
- Are often formalized, and may have a contract or memorandum of agreement to specify the terms of operation.
- May be funded from a variety of sources including university funds. Some partnerships are unfunded and have only in-kind support.
- May be professional development training provided to a public or community organization.
Search Projects – Enter your University NetID and password and select criteria from the options given. Submit a query to locate projects, engaged faculty / staff, and community partners that can help you plan / initiate your effort.
Publicize Your Project – Engagement efforts can be rewarding – as well as challenging! If you would like to communicate your successes or help others avoid pitfalls, click the box on sharing your story in the survey. You will be contacted for more details to publicize your story in appropriate venues, internally or externally.
Report on Your Project – Would you like a report on engagement for your department, center or unit? Contact the University’s Director of Community Engagement to help prepare a summary of activity.
Questions? Please contact the Director of Community Engagement in the Office of Public Affairs or call (574) 631-9423