Measuring Mutual Benefit and Reciprocity in Community Engagement and Public Service Activities
Date & Time
Monday, March 30, 2020, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
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.
Learning outcomes:
  • 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
Location Name
Full Address
Hyatt Regency Seattle
808 Howell St
Seattle, WA 98101
United States
Session Type
Small breakout