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On 3 December 2020, the Towards a European Framework for Community Engagement in Higher Education (TEFCE) project launched a new toolbox for benchmarking community engagement in higher education institutions.
The toolbox, presented during an accessible webinar, is an institutional self-reflection framework which provides tools for higher education institutions and communities to identify engagement practices and proactively reflect both on their achievements and room for improvement. The toolbox supports the development of high quality community engagement without using metrics, ranking or bureaucratic self-assessment questionnaires. The toolbox provides HEIs with resources to encourage institution-wide discussions which feed into a heatmap indicating the level of development of community engagement of respective departments within the institution according to five criteria:
The toolbox is intended to be applied by intertwining four specific tools and five stages in a period of six months as follows:
Stage 1: Quick-Scan
Tool 1: Dimensions of engagement
Stage 2: Evidence-Collection
Tool 2: Levels of engagement
Stage 3: Mapping and Analysis
Tool 3: Institutional community-engagement heatmap
Stage 4: Participative Dialogue
Tool 4: “Slipdot” analysis
Stage 5: Institutional Report
For more information about this new community engagement toolbox and about this project more broadly please visit TEFCE’s website.
Also, one of the project’s deliverables is the report Community engagement in higher education: trends, practices and policies.