GUNiResearch Project on Community Engagement

The Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) is currently conducting a research project on worldwide initiatives on community university engagement (CUE).

The objective of this research project is to study the diversity of engagement types amongst higher education institutions and their communities. For that purpose, we need to document different initiatives of service-learning, science shops, community-based research, engaged scholarship, academic enterprise, knowledge mobilization, implementation science and/or research utilization.

The survey questionnaire includes different sections with both scaled response-type questions and questions requiring evidence of a more qualitative nature.

The outcomes of the research project will be debated at the 6th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education (May 2013). Please note that a Call for Practices has been just issued on the occasion of the Conference which could be of your interest.

All responses of the survey questionnaire will be featured in the research project's publication and at the GUNi website. Also, the conclusions of the research project will be published at the next GUNi Report, Higher Education in the world 5.


 Section 1 — General information

Please ensure that the details below are accurate.
The fields marked with "*" are mandatory.
Title of the initiative: * 

Where was/is the initiative located? * 

 
  - Name: *
  - Lastname: *
  - Postal address: * 
  - Select your country: * 
  - Telephone: 
  - Email: * 
  - Website: 
Lead institution *
Other participating institutions or groups: 

 Section 2 — Description

1. Explain the initiative, including the main objectives: * 
2. Key words: *  (Max. 4 key words)





3. Where did the idea for the initiative come from? *  (Multiple choice)
Personal motivation 
Research group project 
HEI (department or faculty) 
Specific social problem or requeriment 
Common goal of social actors and university 
Previous projects 
Government initiative 
Community organisation 
Other (please specify) 
4. In which of the following thematic areas would you classify your initiative? *  (Max. 2 choices)
Environmental Issues and Risk Governance and Policy
SustainabilityJustice
Health and Well-BeingArt, Culture and Heritage
Food (supply/provision and safety)Science and Technology
Education and Lifelong LearningSports
Women's EmpowermentCommunication and Media
Human RightsSettlement and Mobility
Child ProtectionEnergy
Conflict Resolution and PeacekeepingConventional Economy, Business and Industrial Innovation
Safe Communities (security and protection)Social Economy (microbusiness, cooperatives, etc.)
Urban Planning, Infrastructures and HousingOthers
Environmental Issues and Risk Governance and Policy
SustainabilityJustice
Health and Well-BeingArt, Culture and Heritage
Food (supply/provision and safety)Science and Technology
Education and Lifelong LearningSports
Women's EmpowermentCommunication and Media
Human RightsSettlement and Mobility
Child ProtectionEnergy
Conflict Resolution and PeacekeepingConventional Economy, Business and Industrial Innovation
Safe Communities (security and protection)Social Economy (microbusiness, cooperatives, etc.)
Urban Planning, Infrastructures and HousingOthers
5. Which of the following best describes the aim of your initiative? *  (One choice)
 To transfer knowledge and technology to society
 To design solutions to specific problems, to be implemented by the corresponding bodies
 To design a corrective action that helps to relieve the symptoms of a problem
 To reform and inform about problems, with the aim of raising social awareness
 To create art or culture for the community
 To offer capacity building to students and other stakeholders, enabling them to solve real social problems
 To co-create knowledge and technology to address social needs
 Other (please specify) 
6. Indicate how innovative the following aspects of your initiative are. *  (One choice per aspect)
very low very high
Solving community needs 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
New pedagogical approaches 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Integration of research, learning and engagement 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Mode of assessment 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Partnership creation and engagement 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Institutional transformation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Communication between partners 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Service or product developed as a result of the initiative 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
The overall initiative 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Describe the most innovative aspects of your initiative and explain why they are innovative: 

 Section 3 — Type of engagement

7. Which of the following types of engagement best describes your initiative? *  (One choice)
 To provide other groups in the community with information
 To build-up networks and information-sharing
 To form working groups in the community with different levels of participation and commitment
 To involve community partners to increase their cooperation and visibility
 To create a partnership with shared leadership, participation, commitment and decision-making
Describe the community participating in the initiative (the social actors involved, the target group, where participants are located, where actions are implemented (i.e. in a if physical or virtual space, etc.). 
8. Which of the following types of engagement best describes your initiative? *  (One choice)
 Community-based research
 Engaged scholarship
 Academic enterprise
 Knowledge mobilisation, implementation science and research utilisation
 Science shops
 Service-learning
 Others 
9. Which of the following aspects of engagement are in your initiative? *  (Multiple choice)
 Engagement is part of the curriculum and carries academic credits
 Engagement is a didactic strategy that applies to some course activities
 Engagement is interdisciplinary and involves the coordination of different teachers
 Engagement is a mandatory requirement for graduation
 Engagement is a volunteer or optional programme for students
 Engagement contributes to the creation of social learning
 Engaged research
 Engagement enables knowledge co-creation
How do you integrate those aspects in your initiative? 

 Section 4 — The role of partners

10. What is the distinctive contribution or role of each partner in this initiative? 
Scholars Administration Students Government NGOs Business Trade Unions,
community-based
organisations and others
Knowledge contribution
Guidance on research methodologies
Networking
Human Resources
Facilities
Funding
Opinion and feedback
Decision-making and implementation
Others 
11. Indicate which of the following support mechanisms and structures are offered by participating HEIs to promote community engagement and which of them the initiative benefitted from:  The option "Benefitted from" will be enabled once a support mechanism is marked as "Offered" .
Offered Benefitted from
Community engagement as a specific component of the institutional mission
Internal policies or strategic plans to promote engagement
Vice-rector's office or equivalent body devoted to community engagement
Community engagement office to help initiatives
Support for students to develop their own initiatives
Community engagement as a specific component of course curricula
Strategies to promote an interdisciplinary approach to community engagement
Academic recognition of teachers involved in community engagement
Other (please specify) 
12. Are you aware of any national or international networks that support engaged scholarship? * 
  No
 Yes, which have you found useful?

 Section 5 — Outcomes

13. Please list the three main outcomes of the initiative. * 
1
2
3
14. Specify the main impact for each partner: 
Scholars (academics, etc.)
Administration
Students
Government
NGOs
Business
Trade unions, community-based organisations and others

 Section 6 — Sustainability

15. Which of the following aspects presented major difficulties during the development of the initiative?  (Multiple choice)
 Management of information and knowledge
 Formation of the partnership
 Leadership
 Participation of members
 Student learning and training
 Outcomes
 Time
 Funding
 Other
Explain the major difficulty or difficulties encountered during the initiative. 
Highlight key points and make recommendations on how to improve the weaknesses of your initiative. 
16. Did the initiative include an evaluation? * 
 No
 Yes, an internal evaluation
 Yes, an external evaluation
 Yes, both
17. Does the initiative include a continuance plan? * 
 Yes
 No
What mechanisms are in place to ensure the continuance of this initiative? 

 Section 7 — Complementary information

Please indicate any publications and links related to the initiative and other suggested reading 
Thank you very much for your collaboration.


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