The "NIIICE" Approach to Strategic Planning Through Best Practice and Institutional Data Profiles

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The National Inventory of Institutional Infrastructure for Community Engagement (NIIICE) is an emprically based tool to help institutions advance community engagement on their campus.  I conduct independent consultation with individual campuses interested in using the NIIICE as well as facilitate institutes for multiple institutions. I led a full-day institute as a pre-conference session at the American Democracy Project (ADP) in Baltimore of June 2017.   In partnership with Campus Compact and the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, John Saltmarsh and I developed and delivered a two-day retreat for directors of campus centers for community engagement and their immediate administrative supervisors at Saint Mary's College of California.  Individual consultation and institutes share best practices derived from our extensive research are cross-referenced with the results from an inventory completed by the participants.  These results are then used to create a strategic action plan (see photo below).  Contact me for more information on how to access the inventory.



  ​The National Inventory of Institutional Infrastructure for Community Engagement (NIIICE)  is a valuable tool and we appreciated the opportunity to reflect on our strengths and challenges. The retreat offers information and expertise, while also ample time to reflect and plan for the future. Two days well spent!

Tiffany Lim
California State University – Los Angeles

What was perhaps most valuable about this institute was the opportunity to get away from the daily hustle on our own campus to spend time with one another doing purposeful, intentional, research-driven planning for our campus. In addition, the chance to share our ideas with a small group of colleagues and receive feedback, as well as offer our own suggestions with their plans, was essential to our walking away feeling like we have a good idea of where we are, and what we want to accomplish moving forward.

Becca Berkeley
Northeastern University
 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This retreat was fantastic. We left with a detailed plan, resources to help guide our action, and contacts that we can count on for future support.

Paul Thurston
Siena College