Plenary Session 1: Methods and Practices of Community-Based Research and Creative Activities

Room: Big Ten A/B
Sunday, October 2
8:00 – 9:15 a.m.


A panel of researchers will discuss the state of the evidence base related to the benefits of engaged scholarship (inclusive of engaged research and creative activity) for community and university partners. Related questions include:

  • What kinds of evidence counts, for whom, and who decides?
  • What are the implications of delayed benefits for gathering such evidence?
  • What engagement practices and processes are most likely to result in shared benefits for community and university partners?
  • What methods would be most fruitful in establishing the evidence base regarding the benefits of engaged scholarship and the relationship between engaged processes/practices and outcomes?


  • Valerie Osland Paton
    • Vice Provost for Planning and Assessment
    • Interim Dean, University College
    • Texas Tech University


  • Daniel F. Perkins
    • Professor, Family and Youth Resiliency and Policy
    • Director, Penn State Cooperative Extension Children, Youth, and Families Are Resilient Initiative
    • Pennsylvania State University
  • Nancy K. Franz
    • Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach for Families and 4-H Youth
    • Director, ISU to Families, Iowa State University
  • Jonathan K. London
    • Assistant Professor, Human and Community Development
    • Director, UC Davis Center for Regional Change
    • University of California — Davis


Michigan State University Extension

This session is sponsored by the Michigan State University Extension.