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Webinar: Data Driven Decisions: Understanding collective impact - locally, regionally and internationally
Thursday, December 17, 2020, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT
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A data conversation with campus panelists to uncover the frameworks, processes, metrics and dashboards to understand collective impact of an institution, locally, regionally, and internationally. The key to identifying these elements is to align a series of potential frameworks to your community engagement activity and scholarship.

Generously sponsored by:

April Backus
Associate Director
National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement
Siena College Research Institute, United States

April facilitates and administers the NASCE at participating colleges and universities across the country, from first phone call to final report. In addition, she works with institutions on an individual  basis to understand how their NASCE data can help inform decisions at the institutional level. She is a nationally recognized trainer on student development and leadership and an active community member in New York’s Capital Region. April holds a B.A. in Sociology and a Masters in Higher Education Leadership and Development.

Jamin Forbes
Senior Project Officer
Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Engagement)
Charles Sturt University, Australia

Jamin coordinates the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification at Charles Sturt University based in Wagga Wagga NSW Australia. He is a former researcher in freshwater ecology who specialised in applied research that generated positive community outcomes. Charles Sturt University and the University of Technology Sydney are co-leading the Carnegie Pilot in Australia and Jamin has been central to the creation of the Charles Sturt’s Pilot submission and development of the framework to be used when the ‘full’ Carnegie is released in Australia.


Katherine Graham
Professor Emerita
Senior Fellow, Centre for Community innovation
Carleton University, Canada


Katherine served as co-chair of Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement Steering Committee at Carleton. She continues as an active scholar in Carleton’s internationally recognized School of Public Policy and Administration and is a Senior Fellow of the Carleton Centre for Community innovation (3Ci). Much of her work has focused on Aboriginal policy issues and community engagement. She’s the founding Chair of Community-Based Research Canada, a national network that champions community-based research and campus-community engagement in Canada.


Mitra Gusheh
Executive Manager, Social Impact
Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion
University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Mitra is a social impact practitioner with 20 years of experience across the higher education and the social sectors. As part of her current role, she has been responsible for developing the institution’s Social Impact Framework and has played a pivotal role in establishing the Australian pilot of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. Mitra also leads the Centre’s social impact program which seeks to scale and enhance the university’s contribution to public good and further the field of engaged scholarship. Previous to this, Mitra worked for a range of not-for-profit organisations where she was responsible for the strategic design, development and implementation of large-scale social change programs.


Susan Mide Kiss
Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives in Community Engagement
Office of the Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning
University of Calgary, Canada

Susan is responsible for leading the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement Canadian Pilot for UCalgary along with advancing other strategic initiatives in community engagement. Before joining her current portfolio in 2019, Susan served as the Senior Director, Community Engagement in the University Relations (UR) division. Prior to joining the UR division, Susan held a leadership role with a health research initiative in UCalgary’s Cumming School of Medicine.


Monserrat Quiroga
Service Learning Coordinator
Center for Solidarity and Philanthropy
Universidad de Monterrey, México


In her role, Monserrat, promotes the systematization of the university's social outreach efforts, through the platform, Más Manos (GivePulse), which seeks to make their community engagement a more efficient, structured and focused way to address real social needs, in which faculty, students and the community develop projects that generate a greater impact. These efforts have sought to strengthen the importance of impact evaluation and measurement in projects with social ties considering the voice of the community and students, with the aim of continuous improvement in the development of social projects. Monserrat's background is in Food Industries Engineering with degrees from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, and two certificates in project management, by the Project Manager Institute and CONOCER ECO0935 project work management.






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