Assessing Partnership Performance, Monitoring, & Evaluation

As partnerships between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and communities have taken on increased importance, greater attention has been paid to how these partnerships are formed, the manner in which they operate, and what they can accomplish. Monitoring and evaluating these partnerships is necessary for accountability, transparency, and understanding their value. It is also critical for partnerships because it provides a basis for learning, adaptation and continuous improvement. Despite the importance of monitoring and evaluation to HEI-community partnerships, relatively little research and applied experiences exist.

Hands joined in unity and partnership.

HEI-community partnerships are an integral part of the ESRC as well as a strategic emphasis of Brock University. Members of the ESRC have correspondingly launched an initiative to advance knowledge and practice of formal HEI-community partnerships. This program of work offers important and timely advancements to HEI-community partnerships in the era of accountability, performance-based funding and change.

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Assessing the Performance of Higher Education Institution (HEI)-Community Partnership

BY: RYAN PLUMMER, SAMANTHA WITKOWSKI, AMANDA SMITS AND GILLIAN DALE

As partnerships between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and communities have taken on increased importance, greater attention has been paid to how these partnerships are formed, the manner in which they operate, and what they can accomplish. Assessing the performance of these partnerships is critical for accountability, transparency, and understanding their value. However, no performance assessment framework exists of HEI-community partnerships. In this paper we summarize scholarship on HEI-community partnerships and present a conceptual framework to assess their performance. The assessment framework provides a mechanism for continuous improvement. Practical considerations and future research directions conclude the paper.

The issue of performance in higher education institution – community partnerships: A Canadian perspective 

BY: RYAN PLUMMER, SAMANTHA WITKOWSKI, AMANDA SMITS AND GILLIAN DALE

In this study we seek to discern the situation of higher education institution-community partnerships and examine accountability for performance in Canada, thereby advancing understanding about this international phenomenon. A search of Canadian higher education institutions was carried out to identify those with an explicit mandate relating to community relationships and an initial questionnaire was distributed to their offices. Results afford insights into the present state of higher education institution-community partnerships in Canada and coincide with experiences in other countries.

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