For CU Boulder Faculty and Staff

What is Outreach and Engagement?

Outreach and engagement embodies collaborative projects and mutually beneficial partnerships among CU Boulder and external groups that enrich both our academic and research missions and the communities we serve. Learn More

Add Your Program

Complete the online submission form to add a new CU Boulder outreach and engagement program to this website.

Add Your Program


Campus Support

  • Office for Outreach and Engagement

    The office works to support CU Boulder faculty and staff interested in working with community groups, K-12 populations and citizens in Colorado and beyond. Visit the web page to find out more about how we can support your outreach and engagement work through outreach awards, community partnerships, public programming and communications support. Learn More
  • CU Engage: Center for Community-Based Learning and Research

    The center provides support for community-based learning pathways for CU Boulder students from all majors and community-based research for faculty. Visit the website to find out more about how the center can help support your research and provide civic engagement opportunities for your students. Learn More
  • Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE)

    ODECE coordinates campus-wide initiatives and programs that promote diversity and inclusive excellence, enhance campus climate and strengthen community engagement through community partnerships. Visit the website to learn more about how you might partner with ODECE. Learn More
  • Volunteer Resource Center (VRC)

    The center is dedicated to helping students, staff and faculty explore volunteer opportunities and understand sustainable ways in which to create an impact and affect positive social change. The center matches students with volunteer programs that best fit their individual interests and needs as well as offers leadership opportunities for students. Visit the website to find out about how to connect your students to volunteer opportunities. Learn More
  • Outreach and Engagement Professionals Network

    This network was established to enhance collaboration, share best practices and increase professional development opportunities among CU Boulder staff and non-tenure track faculty serving in primarily supportive roles managing the daily tasks that advance outreach programs and community partnerships. Events are organized by a volunteer steering committee. Contact us for more information and to be added to the email list.

Funding and Recognition

  • Outreach and Community Engagement Awards

    The Office for Outreach and Engagement and CU Engage provide annual funding for outreach and engagement projects that extend research, teaching and creative work through mutually beneficial partnerships with the community. Learn More
  • Other Funding Sources

    Find information and links to other Boulder campus funding sources. Learn More
  • Anne K. Heinz Staff Award for Excellence in Outreach and Engagement

    The award recognizes a staff or non-tenure-track faculty member who has distinguished him/herself through demonstrated professional commitments to success with community outreach and engagement initiatives. The call for nominations is sent out during the spring semester. Nominees must be currently employed CU Boulder staff or non-tenure track faculty serving in a primarily supportive role that is largely technical and hands on, managing the daily tasks involved with advancing an outreach program and community partnership. The award is presented at the annual Outreach Award Luncheon each spring. Contact the Office for Outreach and Engagement for more information.

Resources and Information

Evaluation Tools

  • CU Boulder Ethnography and Evaluation Research

    Many universities seek to share faculty expertise and university resources beyond the confines of campus, yet evaluating the impact of such efforts on external audiences is a challenge. The Office for Outreach and Engagement commissioned Ethnography and Evaluation Research to examine the needs, opportunities, and challenges for evaluating faculty outreach activities across colleges and disciplines at the University of Colorado Boulder. The resulting four-part report and summaries offer faculty and staff resources for evaluating the impact of various types of outreach and engagement. Learn More
  • Michigan State University – Points of Distinction: A Guidebook for Planning and Evaluating Quality Outreach

    Helpful tools to assist academic units, faculty leaders and the higher education community plan, monitor, evaluate and reward outreach efforts. Download
  • National Co-Ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE)

    Provides evaluation resources, examples and tools to assess the impact of your outreach and engagement project. Learn More

Research University Engaged Scholarship Toolkit

  • Offers an annotated guide to the best information available on engaged scholarship, as well as models, exemplars and original essays. Developed by The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN) coordinated by Campus Compact. Learn More

Liability

University Risk Management provides assistance and guidance in planning and preparing for university sponsored on- and off- campus activities. Learn More

Permissions/Release Concerns

Before you take photographs or videos of participants in your outreach activities, be sure to have participants sign a waiver. Most K-12 schools have photo permissions on file for their students and will be able to identify any students who should not be photographed. Check with the school in advance of any photography. See an example of a photo permission form. Download Example


Institutional Review Board (IRB) Guidelines

Routine program evaluation does not require IRB approval, as long as the information gathered is used to make improvements to a program, or to otherwise specifically evaluate only the program under review. For example, parents and children who participate in an outreach program might be asked to complete a questionnaire about their experience participating in the program.

Prior IRB approval is required for data that are designed to develop (i.e., form the basis for a future contribution), contribute to or result in generalizable knowledge, such as information that is universally or widely applicable and that might, for example, appear in a peer-reviewed publication, thesis, or dissertation.

Not sure about your project? Visit the Human Research and IRB website for more information. Learn More


Publish Your Work

In addition to publishing in the outreach, engagement or service sections of publications in your discipline, consider submitting to other publications focused on outreach and engagement work.

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) website has a comprehensive list of outreach and engagement journals and publications. Learn More