Upcoming Workshops & Webinars

TreeTop Commons is committed to helping you achieve your community engagement goals. One way we can support you is to help you reflect upon your current community engagement strategy and supports and think about your vision for the future. Recognizing that the elective Community Engagement Carnegie Classification can sharpen a higher education institution’s focus on strategic goals, and monitoring and measuring, we are excited to provide convenings this fall to support your efforts.

Email us at collaboratory@treetopcommons.com.


free webinar: engaging the community - Data that tells the story

September 27, 2018 | 2:00pm-3:00pm EST
In partnership with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Moderator: José Cabrales, Ph. D., Program Director of Student Success, AASCU
Lisa Keyne, Ph.D., Chief Strategy Officer for Collaboratory, Treetop Commons
Amy Conrad Warner, Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement, IUPUI
Kristin Norris, Ph.D., Director of Assessment, Office of Community Engagement, IUPUI

Join Treetop Commons and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in discussing how data provides great opportunity to strengthen the important work the institution is pursuing in and with communities.   

Discuss the value of monitoring and measuring community engagement and public service efforts to ensure institutional goals and strategies are accomplished, faculty and staff are recognized, community members receive accurate information, and goals are refined, practice deepened. Be introduced to systems, including Collaboratory, a new SaaS, used to track the work, tell the story, and grow opportunities to join with the community in addressing its greatest challenges — and opportunities!


join dr. emily janke at the 2018 Assessment institute

We are pleased to recognize Dr. Emily Janke, Collaboratory Administrator at UNC Greensboro, as she presents the keynote for the Community Engagement Track at the 2018 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, IN.

Keynote Session: Rethinking What We Want and Need to Know about Partnerships
Monday, October 22, 2018 | 10:00am-11:00am EST

While partnership principles are central to community engagement, practical understanding of how reciprocity and mutual benefit are actually enacted is challenging due to interrelatedness of issues, layers of interactions, and diversity of people, purpose, and process. How can we improve how we track, assess, and research community-campus partnerships such that we can see institutional portraits of community engagement and improve both the study and practice of reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnerships?


Join us at the 2018 cumu conference!

Facilitated by Kristin Medlin & Lisa Keyne
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 | 1:00pm-1:30pm EST

Join Collaboratory staff for a conference session at the 2018 CUMU Conference in Chicago, IL.

Data is a means AND an end: Closing the Assessment Feedback Loop

You've collected great community-university partnership data across your entire institution! Have you thought about how to close the assessment feedback loop, ensuring that data is used to inform ongoing efforts, satisfy institutional and community outcomes, and meet stakeholder goals? This presentation will encourage participants to see their assessment and evaluation efforts through to the end - beyond data collection and into tangible, actionable change.

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2nd annual collaboratory summit - deeper with data

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 2:30pm-5:00pm EST

Treetop Commons is pleased to invite current Collaboratory administrators to join us in Chicago, Illinois, for our second annual Collaboratory Summit, immediately following the CUMU Conference. This event will support you to deepen your understanding of community engagement and public service at your institution.


join us at the 2019 continuums of service conference!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 8:30am-1:00pm PDT

Presenters: Lisa Keyne, Chief Strategy Officer for Collaboratory, Treetop Commons
Barbara Holland, Higher Education Consultant
Kristin Medlin, Assistant Director for Postsecondary Initiatives, Treetop Commons
Brenda Marsteller Kowalewski, Associate Provost for High Impact Programs and Faculty Development, Weber State University
Lauren Wendling, Customer Specialist, Treetop Commons

Join Collaboratory staff and colleagues for a pre-conference session at the 2019 Continuums of Service Conference in San Diego, CA.

Exploring the Nature of our Partnerships: Institution-wide Data Collection on Community Engagement

We invite teams of engagement administrators, leaders, and advocates to join us in developing strategies to identify, collect, interpret, and use community engagement metrics.

Through large group presentations, small group discussion, and individual team work, you will: 

  • Share individual and institutional motivations for and uses of community engagement data

  • Understand the contexts which increase the need for institutions to define and describe community engagement

  • Learn with two campuses as they use Collaboratory to collect, analyze, and visualize related data (including examples of data outputs for discussion)

  • Explore strategies for using data as a basis for measuring outcomes and impact across faculty/staff, students, community partners, and institutions

  • Consider how to create opportunities to increase the rigor of scholarship on the collective activities and impact of community-higher education partnerships

  • Review implications of this data for communications and messaging while maintaining best practices and standards

  • Examine how data enhances other institutional functions, e.g., the ability to convene and refer individuals and organizations across sectors working toward aligned agendas

We encourage you to include on your team an institutional administrator and community engagement professional, and others interested in deepening your institution’s community engagement and institutional strategy.  However, all are welcome!