We utilize quantitative and qualitative data from multiple sources to determine the effectiveness of our programs, the satisfaction of our building partners and users, the impact of our capacity building efforts, and improvements we can make.
The CEC has conducted surveys of our building partner organizations since 2014. The results of these surveys are shared and discussed at regular building partner “All Hands” meetings, with the CEC Building Advisory Committee, and in publications and reports.
Findings from the 2014 and 2015 surveys, written by the Center for Community Engagement Research (CERC), are available below.
In 2015, working with our partners at CERC, the CEC began a 2-year research study regarding the impact of being a values-based building and whether or not our values were affecting the work and interactions of our building partners.
We believe the findings of this research will be helpful to other universities as they contemplate similar campus or place-based community engagement centers that involve multiple partners.
The study began with a baseline survey of the CEC’s building partners, including its university (staff, faculty, and students) and community (staff and volunteer) partners.
A CERC doctoral student conducted a qualitative study of the Weitz CEC’s building partners’ capacity needs in early 2017. In addition to compiling the report, the CERC worked with CEC staff to identify “Top Findings” from the report.
This study is being utilized to develop additional capacity building opportunities, refine marketing and communication strategies in the CEC, and improve networking efforts.
The CERC combined the annual survey and the interim values study into one instrument.
Following the completion of the report, the CERC worked with the Weitz staff to identify the “Top Ten Findings” from both components.
CEC staff are making changes to its operational process as a result, including the creation of an internal advisory committee, changes in the design of several meeting rooms, and changes to its Space Application process.
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