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High Impact Evaluation and Assessment

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Evaluation and Assessment


We have been working on better assessment and evaluation for strategic planning in the Bonner Network for some time.  


National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement


The NASCE was developed by Siena Research Institute, also home to the Siena Bonner Program and broader office of Academic Community Engagement.  This instrument helps institutions measure its overall levels of student community engagement, including by particular issue areas.  The tool has been implemented at more than 40 institutions of higher education across the country, now with more than 14K student completes.  This makes the data set one of the largest, if not the largest, available.


This tool is being used by many institutions in the Bonner Network.  It is a requirement for the schools involved in the Bonner High-Impact Initiative.  


See this full overview:  NASCE Information Booklet Final.pdf

See this two-page brochure:  NASCE Brochure_FINAL.pdf

For additional information, please visit this page on the Siena Research Institute site.

You can email Dr. Mathew Johnson (mjohnson@siena.edu) for more information or be in touch directly with SRI's Director, Dr. Don Levy (dlevy@siena.edu). 


Other Assessment Tools and Resources:

Institution-Focused Rubrics and Self-Study Tools

Analyzing Institutional Commitment to Service: A Model of Key Organizational Factors (paper by Barbara Holland, Portland State University, which contains a matrix)


Self-Assessment Rubric for the Institutionalization of Service-Learning in Higher Education (developed by Andrew Furco, UC Berkeley) 


Campus Compact's Indicators of Engagement (developed by Liz Hollander, Ed Zlotkowski, and John Saltmarsh) (Also, there is a version revised for community colleges).  


Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Classification in Community Engagement (developed in 2008, with 119 institutions classified)


Bonner Foundation's Self-Assessment Tool for Bonner Programs (which focuses on the intensive, multi-year civic engagement program, but also addresses other aspects of campus-wide engagement)  


Community Partner-Focused Rubrics and Self-Study Tools

Methods and Strategies for Community Partner Assessment (developed by Community-Campus Partnership for Health)


Core Principles and Values for Successful Community Partnerships (developed by Barbara Holland)


Student-Focused Rubrics and Self-Study Tools


Rubric from AACU (new-VALUE Project) for Portfolio and other assessment of students in civic engagement outcome


CIRCLE Civic Engagement Quiz (excellent way to introduce and help students understand other forms of civic engagement)


Rubric to Assess Service-Learning Reflection Papers:


Over the past decade, the Bonner Foundation has engaged researchers in tracking the longitudinal impact of the program on student learning and success.  See the Bonner Student Impact Survey & Alumni Surveys:  which involved longitudinal surveys administered to incoming freshmen, rising juniors, and graduating senior Bonner Scholars in even-year graduation classes over seven years.  In addition, the 2010-current surveys of 5,000+ Bonner alumni reveal some interesting results about their development as civic minded professionals.  

    • See this Prezi presentationEngagement multiplied: The impact of college-level dialogue and reflection experiences on civic mindedness as professionals.  This was presented at the November 2011 International Association on Service Learning and Civic Engagement Conference (IARSLCE).  Thank you to Cheryl Keen (Walden University), Julie Hatcher (IUPUI), Dan Richard (University of North Florida), and graduate students Heather Pease.



Community Impact


  • The Reciprocal Relationship Between Campus and Community Partners in a Long-Term S-L Model
  • Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact — TRASI contains a comprehensive listing of 150 approaches to measuring and analyzing social impact for programs and investments. Authored by a range of organizations, including social investors, foundations, NGOs, microfinance institutions, and others seeking social change, these resources range from off-the-shelf tools and concrete methodologies to generalized best practices. In consultation with the respective organizations and authors of these resources, we have classified the approaches in TRASI along 18 categories. For a more in-depth look at the categories, please consult the Terms Defined page or hover your mouse over the search terms in the Basic or Advanced Search pages.






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