Using the Toolkit

Engage Your Region: Define, Align, Connect, and Plan

Resources in this toolkit are organized around four major areas of activity in regional engagement:

Define: activities to make explicit the characteristics, assets, and needs of both the region and your university.

Align: aimed at identifying potential connections and synergies between and among people, resources, and opportunities in the region and the university.

Connect: building or strengthening the associations and relationships needed for your engagement initiative.

Plan: laying the groundwork for an effective engagement initiative, and getting ready to implement.

This toolkit is designed to help you wherever you are in developing your regional engagement efforts:
  • Generally, the Define and Align phases can be completed at any time, and in fact ought to be revisited regularly.

  • The Connect and Plan phases will likely be undertaken for a specific engagement initiative.
But, as is often the case, the process depends on a number of factors unique to your institution and region.

Use the toolkit as a resource for your institution's regional engagement planning. Consider which of the areas of activity are most relevant to the stage(s) that your planning is currently in, and head to the pages for that section. Use the navigation links on the left-hand side of the pages on this site.

We hope you find the toolkit useful, and please do use our Suggestions page to:
  • tell us about additional resources we ought to be including on the site

  • let us know if you have questions about or ideas for the toolkit

  • report back about how you are using the toolkit at your institution

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