CFICE’s Aligning Institutions for Community Impacts Working Group

Four different human-shaped figures hold together four different puzzle pieces.The Aligning Institutions for Community Impact (AICI) working group will address barriers to effective community-campus engagement (CCE) at post-secondary institutions (PSIs), community-based organizations (CBOs), and funding agencies (including governmental bodies and private foundations).

To achieve this goal, the AICI working group plans to pilot three main projects:

  • Develop a community first classification system by learning from the EDGE Tool, the Holland Matrix, and the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification tool to develop a tool for the Canadian context, and pilot the instrument in select PSIs.
    • This tool will help institutions assess the policy and practice changes required for improved community first CCE work.
  • Connect representatives from campus engagement offices across Canada, and establish a regular means of sharing CCE best practices and research.
  • Convene high-level discussions among funders and university research offices to build the case for community first CCE funding that respects all parties involved.

This working group is being co-lead by Maeve Lydon, Program Consultant with Community-Based Research Canada, Michelle Nilson, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, and David Peacock, Executive Director of Community Service-Learning in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.

Aligning Institutions Working Group News, Resources, and Research

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