An initiative of Nexus Community Partners, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation

Building the Field of Community Engagement is a collaborative initiative that includes six core organizations: Casa de Esperanza, Cultural Wellness Center, Hope Community, Lyndale Neighborhood Association, Native American Community Development Institute, and Nexus Community Partners. Learn more >>

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Look for the next Engaged Learning Series on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), 2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The topic will be on the evaluation of community engagement.

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Distinguish Your Work: Outreach or Community Engagement?  An Assessment Tool 
A tool to help individuals and organizations understand where their work lands on a continuum of engagement and promote the appropriate use of the term "community engagement." This is a revision of the tool presented in "Assess Your Work: Essentials of Community Engagement."

Stories of Impact: Hope Community, Inc.
A brief look at Hope's history and the key learning points that helped contribute to their developing model of community engagement.

Stories of Impact: Native American Community Development Institute
A case study showing how community engagement was used to wage and win a campaign to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day in Minneapolis.

To access all of our publications, visit the Publications page.

Community at the Center

View our 18-minute video, illustrating a few principles of community engagement which guide the work of all the partners in the Building the Field of Community Engagement initiative.