How it Works


With Collaboratory® you can:

  • Lead from a base of evidence
    • Record, analyze, and report your institution's overall engagement and internal and external impact.
    • Visually display your community engagement data at the individual, department, and unit levels.
    • Analyze and report data using templates.
    • Use evidence to improve programs and inform new opportunities and resource or infrastructure decisions.
  • Elevate the full scope of contributions
    • Accurately and consistently disambiguate community engagement and public service records and outcomes.
    • Create individual, office, and unit-level profiles for reporting, awards, and recognitions.
    • Strengthen the voice and influence of community partners.
    • Recognize and reward internal and external leaders of engagement.
  • Steward standards and best practices
    • Standardize language to create shared understandings about community engagement and public service.
    • Use tools to gather feedback and input from diverse stakeholders, including students and community partners.
  • Streamline communication
    • Enhance information provided to units and offices responsible for external relations, communications, and recognitions.
    • Capture data and contact information for community partners.
    • Publicly display activities for all stakeholders and shareholders to explore - no login necessary!
  • Monitor and communicate strategic goals
    • Inform how your institution participates in regional collective impact efforts.
    • Monitor institutional progress toward strategic goals for community engagement and public service.
    • Inform how your institution participates in regional collective impact effort.
    • Benchmark and compare to peers.
    • Generate searches that align with accreditation, award and recognition program requirements, or to support grant and gift proposals.
  • Be part of an international database and research program

    When your institution joins Collaboratory your data can become part of an international database to advance research and data-informed leadership. Requests for scholarly use of deidentified data are reviewed by scholars at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The common platform across institutions allows:

    • Benchmarking and peer comparisons
    • Research using large, comprehensive yet focused data sets
    • State of the field analysis nationally and internationally


Examples of data collected in Collaboratory®:

    Institutional Community Engagement Activities

    Institutional Public Service Activities

    Engagement throughout the Curriculum

    Faculty and Staff Profiles

    Institutional Department Profiles

    Community Partner Engagement with the Institution