Services

University Community Partnerships (UCP) promotes partnerships characterized by mutual benefits for all partners, community capacity building, and long-term relationships within research networks.

The work of UCP staff could be as straightforward as facilitating the contact between a university member seeking out a community group to partner with during the grant writing process or as complex as coordinating the maintenance of long-term university relationships with community groups at multiple levels. Bringing together community groups and faculty teams in research networks, UCP’s approach to university-community partnerships aims to create organizational structures to support sustainable engagements.

UCP staff offer the following services:

Services Examples of UCP Work
Connecting university partners to existing and new community research networks

Bringing together community groups and faculty teams within the target research networks

Facilitating the contact between community groups and faculty teams trying to establish new research networks

Facilitating contact between individual faculty and community organizations

Supporting university and community partners to:
- develop partnership goals Facilitating partnership planning and strategy development meetings
- understand and use data to enhance community initiatives Presenting research findings and facilitating the use of the findings in taking community action to address issues
- identify indicators of partnership success Measuring progress on community action
Providing educational opportunities for future outreach and engagement scholars

Teaching in the Graduate Certification in Community Engagement Program

Supporting graduate students working towards obtaining the Graduate Certification in Community Engagement

Developing engagement teaching tools such as the Tools of Engagement

Connecting university partners to existing and new community research networks

Examples of UCP Work

  • Bringing together community groups and faculty teams within the target research networks
  • Facilitating the contact between community groups and faculty teams trying to establish new research networks
  • Facilitating contact between individual faculty and community organizations

Supporting university and community partners to:

- develop partnership goals
- understand and use data to enhance community initiatives
- identify indicators of partnership success

Examples of UCP Work

  • Facilitating partnership planning and strategy development meetings
  • Presenting research findings and facilitating the use of the findings in taking community action to address issues
  • Measuring progress on community action
  • Teaching in the Graduate Certification in Community Engagement Program

Providing educational opportunities for future outreach and engagement scholars

Examples of UCP Work

  • Supporting graduate students working towards obtaining the Graduate Certification in Community Engagement
  • Developing engagement teaching tools such as the Tools of Engagement

For more information about our services, please contact Patricia Farrell at farrellp@msu.edu.