Developing a Faculty Outreach Portfolio

May 1, 2015

Suggestions for developing an outreach portfolio for peer review committees to evaluate the quality of an individual’s outreach efforts, especially for promotion and tenure.

This brief paper provides background for an impact study of community-university research alliances and partnerships that address social/health issues. Researchers from five community-university partnerships joined together to develop a reliable and valid survey measure of the community impacts of research partnerships between universities and community agencies that address social or health issues. The focus was to be on mid-term impacts—the influence of partnerships on individuals, partner agencies, and target communities or systems. The aim of this project is to benefit members of research partnerships who wish to evaluate their effectiveness and adjust their activities to meet community needs. The instrument also allows community stakeholders and advisory boards to capture the success of their collaborative research initiatives.

Michigan State University Committee on Evaluating Quality Outreach. (1996, 2000).Developing a faculty outreach portfolio, Tool E, in Points of distinction: A guidebook for planning & evaluating quality outreach, p. 38, Michigan State University, Full Text.

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