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Collaborative By Design: An Integrated Service Learning and Action Research Model. Margaret Stout Assistant Professor Division of Public Administration West Virginia University. A Collaborative Model. Hands-on learning of core skills Institutional outreach missions

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collaborative by design an integrated service learning and action research model

Collaborative By Design: An Integrated Service Learning and Action Research Model

Margaret Stout

Assistant Professor

Division of Public Administration

West Virginia University

a collaborative model
A Collaborative Model
  • Hands-on learning of core skills
  • Institutional outreach missions
  • Substantive service in community development
  • Domestic and international collaboration
    • Division of Public Administration, West Virginia University, United States
      • WVU
    • Center for Administrative Science, Santa Catarina State University, Brazil
      • UDESC
a shared purpose
A Shared Purpose
  • Philosophical alignment
    • New Public Service
      • (Denhardt & Denhardt, 2007)
    • Citizen engagement in self-governance
      • Social and economic justice
      • Environmental sustainability
    • All sectors must co-produce the public good
      • Governments
      • Citizens
      • Nonprofits
      • Businesses
    • Community and economic development outreach
      • Service learning
      • Action research
21 st century extension
21st Century Extension
  • Both universities have Extension Services
    • Historically US Land Grant
    • Traditional outreach through training and technical assistance programs
      • Expert-driven
    • Original focus on agriculture and home economics
    • Contemporary focus on community & economic development
    • Increasing use of multi-sector collaboration
      • Community-driven
    • Emerging presence of international programs
service learning
Service Learning
  • “Old School”
    • Stand-alone events, programs
    • Partnerships with outreach and technical assistance programs
  • Emerging practices
    • Curricular-driven activities
      • Move the classroom into the community!
    • Excellent for practice fields
      • Core competency development
      • Hands-on practice
      • Professional context
    • Win-win for students and community
      • Builds an ethic of service and citizenship
action research
Action Research
  • Applied research with a twist
    • Social change orientation
  • Builds on service learning as inquiry
    • Inductive, experiential, reflective approach
  • Often employs interdisciplinary collaboration
    • Social change addresses “wicked problems”
    • Learning Action Networks (VA-Tech)
  • Often community-driven
    • Appreciative inquiry
    • Experts on tap, not on top
  • Contributes to a “learning society”
putting it together
Putting it Together
  • Outreach Programs
    • Program Evaluation
  • Service Learning
    • Program Evaluation
  • Action Research
    • Program Evaluation
    • Needs & Assets Assessment
    • Impact Assessment
integrated service learning action research approach
Integrated Service Learning/Action Research Approach

Program Evaluation

Needs & Assets / Impact Assessment

project implementation
Project Implementation
  • WVU pilot 2011-2013
    • Local Governance & Community Development (LGCD)
      • Area of Emphasis (12 credit hours)
      • Four serial courses designed as building blocks
    • Collaborating outreach and community-based programs
    • Wrap-around action research
  • UDESC follows in 2012-2014
the community development process
The Community Development Process
  • A place-based approach through iterative steps
    • Assess
    • Mobilize and Organize
    • Vision
    • Plan
    • Implement
    • Evaluate
lgcd curriculum and service learning elements
LGCD Curriculum and Service Learning Elements
  • Local Governance
    • Institutions and process of local governance
    • Community Profiles (Assess)
  • Public Engagement & Collaboration
    • Theory and techniques
    • Public Involvement Plan (Mobilize and Organize)
  • Public Planning
    • Physical and programmatic planning
    • Logic Models for comprehensive plan (Vision and Plan)
  • Sustainable Community & Economic Development
    • Theory and practice
    • Project management and grant writing (Implement)
action research elements measuring community capacity
Action Research Elements: Measuring Community Capacity
  • Assess
    • Community profile of needs and assets
    • Readiness for development activity
  • Mobilize and Organize
    • Social capital mapping
    • Individual leadership and group capacity
  • Vision and Plan
    • Community capacity for collaboration, planning
  • Implement
    • Organizational capacity to complete/sustain projects
  • Evaluate
    • Process evaluation
    • Outcomes evaluation
    • Impact assessment (longitudinal)
anticipated outcomes
Anticipated Outcomes
  • Enhance student learning and professional preparation
  • Generate substantive community development in communities
  • Expand knowledge of the measurable value of land grant institutions to local communities
  • Fulfill increasing demands from community development funders for longitudinal impact assessment
  • Help faculty and service providers more strategically and effectively target future activities