Women’s Emancipation and Development Agency (WOMEDA) Executive Director Juma Massisi (seated, center) facilitates conversation among women and Amizade students in Kayanga, Tanzania, as part of research that supported a successful United States Agency for International Development grant award for WOMEDA.


DukeEngage students Jeline Rabideau and Jenny Denton worked with middle school girls, such as ​Katie, in Western North Carolina to enhance literacy skills through digital storytelling projects focused on their families.


DukeEngage independent project student Alex Saffrit collaborated with a community member, Moses, in Nkokonjeru, Uganda, on a solar cooker project.


Ernesto Alaniz, community maintenance leader, Villanova civil engineering student Allie Braun, and Water for Waslala program manager Iain Hunt cooperate to inspect a new water tank near Santa Maria Kubali, Nicaragua.

Case Study Format

The 4th International Service-Learning Summit

Kansas State University

October 23-25, 2016

Case Study Format

The planning committee of the 4th International Service-Learning Summit seeks diverse service-learning and civic engagement case studies for distribution, discussion, and practice at the 2016 Summit.

Participants will engage case studies focused on effective practice and challenges in reciprocal engagement and community partnership.  Cases should focus on identified, effective local practice which might include innovative approaches to training, work plans, support, joint planning, co-evaluation or building effective reciprocal partnerships, or examples of lessons learned. Cases should also surface challenges for discussion.

Case studies should follow the format below and be submitted by January 30, 2016. Case study examples from the 3rd ISL Summit are available here. Proposals may be submitted here. 

Context (2 paragraphs)

  • Description of partnership and primarily stakeholders (e.g. community organizations, educational institutions, community members, etc)
  • Where
  • Why
  • Size of program/Number of years in operation
  • Financial Information

Program/Partnership Description (4-5 paragraphs)

  • Mission
  • Credit/non-credit
  • Scope/Length
  • Type of service
  • Pre-departure training, on-site support, student-community work-plans, re-entry

Focus (Please select one category)

  • Domestic examples of global learning and cooperative development partnerships
  • Effective practices in host communities (i.e., volunteer internship placement, homestay networks/vetting, orientation for students, homestay families, in-country staff and NGO supervisors, etc.)
  • Flipped or collaborative cultural sensitivity/competency training
  • Flipped or collaborative approaches to global citizenship development, global activism, or global solidarity-building
  • Community-based research or research on global engagement
  • Effective collaborations to jointly assess learning and community development outcomes
  • Community-driven pedagogy, co-creation of global learning efforts, joint program planning, and effective community partnerships
  • Research on global service learning economies with attention to impact on host communities
  • Partnership models that involve joint planning, co-evaluation, and collaborative research

We realize that the above categories overlap within programs. However, for the purposes of this exercise, we hope to have a focused discussion on specific best practices and challenges.

Impact (2 paragraphs and/or a graphic)

  • Evaluation model
  • Impact for organizational/community partners
  • Impact for host families/communities

Challenges with Effective Practice/Partnership (2 paragraphs)

  • Include 2-3 questions for group consideration

Goals (Ideal Scenario) and Next Steps for the Program (2 paragraphs)

*Sections 1-3 should be highly factual. Writers should avoid reflection until sections 4-5.

Clarifying Question: In global engagement partnerships, the term “community partner” is used in numerous ways. In no more than 200 words, please indicate how you conceptualize “community partner” in terms of this partnership or these partnerships specifically, and how you ensure community voice and feedback throughout your programming:

Clarifying Question: Considerable research has demonstrated the clear harms that may come to vulnerable children and medical patients through global engagement partnerships. In no more than 200 words, please indicate whether vulnerable populations are involved in the partnership(s) discussed here and, if so, what clear steps are taken to protect and empower those populations.

Clarifying Question: Is the partnership profiled here attentive to and/or transparent about addressing the power and privilege issues at play in respect to financial flows in this work? If so, how? (No more than 200 words, please).

Clarifying Question: How will your presentation or case study ensure full participation for all attendees? How will the format support full participation of communication styles and ways of knowing, being, and experiencing? (No more than 200 words, please).

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