The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) fosters community university partnerships that aim to promote the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy.

Carnegie Irish Pilot - Community Engagement

CKI, in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Boston, the Ireland Funds and the Talloires Network are leading on a national pilot of the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Community Engagement Classification Framework.

This pilot study is being carried out simultaneously in 12 Higher Education Institutions across the country, with CKI’s Lorraine McIlrath coordinating nationally. Campus Engage at the IUA and the HEA are also supporting the project. As part of the pilot, CKI has been charged with gathering information related to all aspects of community engagement throughout NUI Galway. Collating this information will help provide a macro view of the community engagement that is ongoing on our campus. NUI Galway is already considered a leader in this area internationally and documenting the work carried out here will help retain this position.

It is anticipated that this process might continue to drive commitment, momentum, and practice on the importance and centrality of community and civic engagement within NUI Galway. Campuses in the U.S. have reported being motivated to undertake the classification process for the following reasons:

Institutional self-assessment and self-study: A way to bring the disparate parts of the campus together in a way that advances a unified agenda. At the same time it allows for the identification of promising practices that can be shared across the institution.

Legitimacy: Seeking a new level of legitimacy and public recognition and visibility for your work.

Accountability: A way to demonstrate that the institution is fulfilling its mission to serve the public good.

Catalyst for Change: A tool for fostering institutional alignment for community-based teaching, learning and scholarship.

Institutional Identity: The classification is a way to clarify institutional identity and mission that distinguishes the institution from peers.

We are looking for information that pertains specifically to the academic year 2014/2015. There is an option of recording this information at centre, discipline or school level. Subsequently, the information gathered will be collated to provide an institution-wide perspective on community engagement.

The framework document can be downloaded here. There is also an Excel sheet to elaborate on partnerships in the community available. This second document is used specifically for question 2 under the section 'Outreach and Partnerships'. The Word document provides some guidance on what is required for each section. Furthermore, there is the possibility of compiling this information in Survey Monkey at:

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The 12 insitutions and representatives include:



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David O Connor

TU4 Dublin Alliance

Caroline Murphy

IT Carlow

Fred Powell


Karen Neville


Bernie Quillinan


Maura Adshead


Carnia Ginty


Mary Goode


John McKenna



Lorraine McIlrath

NUI Galway

Céire Broderick

NUI Galway

Maria Kelly


Maria Morgan


Edel Randles

IT Tralee

Aileen Kennedy

IT Tralee

Simone Cameron-Coen


Angela Feeney


Julie Bernard


Documents to help participate in the Carnegie Pilot in Ireland

Campus Engage (2011) National Survey of Civic Engagement in Ireland, Campus Engage: Dublin, Ireland

Having invited all HEIs in Ireland to participate, twenty-four higher education institutions took up the offer. This marks the first time that a survey of this nature has been carried out, representing an initial attempt to map the range of civic engagement activities across Irish higher education. It has happened at a time when civic engagement in higher education is in its early stages of development and has provided individual higher education institutions (HEIs) with an opportunity to document and review the nature of their civic engagement activities.

Times Higher Education Blog

World University Rankings blog: should global league tables consider community engagement? | Times Higher Education

Carnegie Classification Framework Document

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Elective Community Engagement Classification First-Time Classification Documentation Framework This Documentation Framework is intended to help you gather information about your institution's commitments and activities regarding community engagement as you complete the 2015 Documentation Reporting Form

NERCHE Website - Carnegie Classification Document

NERCHE's Carnegie Classification Information Page - New England Resource Center for Higher Education

Powerpoint Resource

Information Workshop, Dublin 2015

Powerpoint Resource

Carnegie Experience University Videos/Vignettes