Community Engaged Learning and Research
Community Engaged Learning & Research means connecting coursework and academic research to community-identified concerns to enrich knowledge and inform action on social issues. Once you have identified a key issue, you can get involved in addressing it through research. This can look like evaluating the effectiveness of a program in your community that was created to address a local need. Answering questions that inform your community’s knowledge of the issues can be utilized to not only increase awareness but also to inform specific policy and other actions. For example, how have similar communities addressed this issue? What are the impacts of any programs created to address this issue? Why does this issue exist? Who or what is affected by this issue?
Some professions in this pathway include public health advisors, data scientists, and research or policy analysts for a nonprofit, policy, or government organization.
In this way, Community Engaged Learning and Research aids the other Pathways of Community Engagement by providing knowledge. This allows people and organizations to make informed and thoughtful choices in order to effectively address and solve key community issues.
Learn More and Get Involved
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- BYU Y-Serve / Civic Engagement Program
- Dixie Service Learning
- U of U Bennion Center
- USU Community Engaged Learning
- USU Eastern SUN Center
- UVU Center for Social Impact
- SLCC Thayne Center
- Snow Civic Engagement and Service Learning
- SUU Community Engagement Center
- Weber Center for Community Engaged Learning
- Westminster Center for Civic Engagement
- You don’t have to be a student or professor to participate in this pathway:
- Conduct a Needs Assessment Survey to identify what issues are important to people in your community by conducting focus groups, mailing out surveys, or even conducting interviews.
- Dig even deeper! If you know the needs of your community, analyze the community issues to help you better understand the problem.
- Get out and take photos to capture community needs.
(Just make sure you have people’s permission before you take their photo!)
- Take a walk or a drive and mark down what you see. Younger kids can even help count trash cans and identify difficult sidewalks to walk on. This activity can be done in groups, in pairs, or individually.
Apply to the UServeUtah Youth Council if you are a 16-22 year-old Utahn interested in this pathway. You can create a project within this Pathway of Community Engagement to help your local community!