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Monday, October 21 • 8:00am - 12:00pm
Workshop: Measuring Community Capacity and Hyperlocal Community Engagement

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Measuring Community Capacity and Hyperlocal Community Engagement
Across the United States and Canada, CUMU member institutions are committed to place-based engagements (Yamamura & Koth, 2018) and value them as a powerful way to connect the resources of the campus to the communities they serve to foster mutually-beneficial impacts. A growing number of institutions are developing hyperlocal engagements (Dostilio, 2017)—instances in which community engagement efforts are focused on a bounded area within a larger city or metropolitan region, often supported by some form of built infrastructure such as a community engagement center. The communities hosting these higher education engagements have a wealth of assets that enable them to sustain people as they live, work, and play. Such assets might include social capital, collective efficacy, sense of community, and readiness for change, among others (Ohmer, Coulton, Freedman, Sobeck, & Booth, 2019). Recognizing a community’s innate assets and aligning engagements with them can position a campus to be a valued partner that is as interested in a community’s long-term capacity as it is achieving the campus engagement strategy. Documenting and assessing a community’s existing capacities may also inform strategies for impact evaluation.

  • Get a first look at the findings from a recent CUMU benchmarking survey about hyperlocal engagement and develop a landscape view of hyperlocal engagement across the US.
  • Learn about asset-based community development and the interlinkage with hyperlocal engagement.
  • Discuss a framework for community and neighborhood research and measurement at the individual, collective, community and societal levels.
  • Explore theoretical and conceptual models for examining the relationship between hyperlocal community engagement and community capacity and review reliable, valid measures that fit with these models.
  • Design an approach to assess the degree to which a particular capacity area is present and growing within a community to which your campus engagements are connected.

  • Lina Dostilio, EdD, Associate Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement, University of Pittsburgh, 2019 CUMU Research Fellow
  • Mary Ohmer, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Community, Organization and Social Action Specialization, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh; Lead Author:  Ohmer, M.L., Coulton, C., Freedman, D., Sobeck, J. & Booth, J. (2019). Measures for Community and Neighborhood Research.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

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Lina D. Dostilio

Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Lina Dostilio is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement at the University of Pittsburgh. She is responsible for supporting community-facing work that includes community relations, cultivating strategic opportunities to advance Pitt’s community engagement agenda... Read More →
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Mary Ohmer

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work
I'm the Chair of the Community, Organization, and Social Action Program at the School of Social Work. I collaborate and partner with our Community Engagement Centers on many projects, including one engaging youth and adult residents around equitable development.

Monday October 21, 2019 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
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