Embedding an empowerment evaluation framework to create a ‘win-win’ engaged research partnership with communities

Burton, Lorelle and Ni She, Eidin and Olliver, Sue (2015) Embedding an empowerment evaluation framework to create a ‘win-win’ engaged research partnership with communities. Australasian Journal of University Community Engagement, 10 (2). pp. 63-81.


The academic literature and public debates are comprehensive, expressing how higher education internationally is undergoing operational and cultural change, with fiscal challenges placing immense focus on competition and rankings (Hall, Tandon & Tremblay, 2015; O’Shea & McDonald, 2015; Watermeyer, 2015a; 2015b). The rhetoric of a ‘budget emergency’ has also become embedded in Australian political discourse. Universities across Australia have not been immune to these shifts with re-intensified stringent funding changes having an impact (Davis, 2015; Hill, 2012). Universities are now being asked to do more for less and engage and respond to multiple stakeholders. This paper outlines our experiences working within a regional Australian university to embed engaged research at a time of significant flux, both internally and externally. The paper argues that a clear evaluation framework to embed and develop a ‘win-win’ partnership is missing from the literature and within strategic and engagement plans when undertaking engaged research partnerships in community. We present our initial attempts to embed an empowerment evaluation framework at the commencement of an engaged research program.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 00:15
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2019 02:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: community capacity building; engaged research; relationship building; regional Australia; evaluation
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4499 Other human society > 449999 Other human society not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28426

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