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Public Engagement toolkit

There is a global movement towards emphasizing public engagement at universities, driven from both inside and outside the academy.

As a result, there are plenty of resources available to students, faculty, staff and members of the public who are interested in learning more about successful public engagement.

Here are some great places to start:

Internal:

NLCAHR’s Contextualized Health Research Synthesis (CHRSP) is a program working with researchers, decision makers, health economists, experts in research synthesis, and subject experts to identify the health research issues that are of most pressing interest to Newfoundland and Labrador. The program uses this model to ensure adequate input and engagement from their various stakeholders involved. The model includes plenty of ideas that could be applied to other researchers and units interested in undertaking publicly engaged research.

Yaffle.ca is Memorial’s online public engagement tool. Along with offering a listing of current and past research projects and expertise, it also facilitates community university partnerships by allowing the public to suggest research opportunities to Memorial, which are then brokered through the university to find a suitable partner.

The Office of Public Engagement has undertaken a scan of the public engagement practises of Canadian universities. Please email any updates or additions to rcohoe@mun.ca.

NOTE: The Office of Public Engagement is currently developing a series of educational videos and resources related to public engagement. Check back soon.

External:

The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement in Bristol, UK, offers methodologies, case studies, training and more for public engagement in academia.

The National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement (NCSUE), based at Michigan State University, seeks a greater understanding of how university engagement enhances faculty scholarship and community progress. Their site offers research, publications and presentations related to university public engagement.

Tools of Engagement is another initiative of Michigan State University. It offers modules designed to introduce undergraduate students to concepts in university-community engagement, developing their community-based research and engagement skills.

The Bonner Network Wiki is a great interactive resource for information, rubrics and assessment tools related to campus civic engagement.

 

*Are you aware of a great resource for public engagement information? Please let us know by emailing Rebecca Cohoe at rcohoe@mun.ca.

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