Mutual benefit and reciprocity are arguably the defining characteristics/principles of the Carnegie Foundation's definition for community engagement partnerships. In this session, we examine how these two characteristics/principles are often conflated as synonyms by researchers, administrators, and practitioners (Dostilio, et al, 2012; Janke, 2018), and offer definitions and measures that demonstrate their distinctiveness. We will present exploratory analysis of 800+ projects/activities using a new data collection system across multiple institutions.
Increased awareness of how we measure mutuality and reciprocity and how these are operationalized through engagement and service.
Reflection on what happens when we truly understand the role(s) that partners play in advancing common goals
Consideration of how we foster change in our communities and institutions as a result