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Work With Partners

Work with Campus and Community Partners Throughout the Planning Process.

 

Establish strong partner networks with key campus partners and the public, and be prepared to have ongoing dialogues with all stakeholders.

Ask yourself: Who are/should be your partners on campus and in the community?
Who are your most likely partners? Who are your institutional partners? Who has connections that can make your engagement more effective? Who are your natural community partners? What can you offer in exchange for their expertise and possible financial or networking support? Have you done the due diligence to address these questions?

One of the most important considerations in UW community engagement is that our public engagement activities take place within a specific context of a land-grant mission: serve the state as a whole. We are also a complex and multifaceted organization. Most likely, other UW personnel already actively work with the community or specific audience you have in mind. It is essential that we better coordinate within UW to reduce the risk of possible community fatigue resulting from numerous independent requests/invitations being issued to the same community partners and target audiences and to prevent duplicative efforts.
  • Your first step is to look at similar programs, or programs involving the same audience or geographic area, which have been hosted/designed by UW personnel. Check out the information below on how you can use the UWYO Events calendar as a starting place for this.

    By searching the UWYO Events Calendar linked here, you can check for other UW groups bringing programming to your intended impact area. Using the UWYO Events Calendar to advertise and share information about your engagement and outreach programs is recommended to inform both internal and external audiences. The UWYO Events calendar serves as a resource for UW programs and stakeholders across the state. Click on the following links for more information regarding Calendar Use Policies and Submission Guidelines.

Looking outside the institution:

Many UW personnel have contacts around the state; other UW personnel are based in communities around the state, such as UW’s Admissions Specialists, Extension Specialists, and Alumni Relations volunteers. All have their own networks, which can inform your planning. If your audience is K-12, you will have more success if you reach out to campus specialists who work with K-12 teachers on an on-going basis such as staff with the Science Math Teaching Center (SMTC). The same holds true for business experts if you have an interest in industry audiences, etc.

Inquiries to community partners:

Making inquiries with a potential partner is a useful way to make connections. This also helps establish best practices to develop and maintain positive relationships with local partners.
  • For example, the relationship you develop with a community stakeholder might develop through referrals from other UW personnel. A good relationship develops trust and opportunities for continued collaboration. However, if community stakeholders have felt their previous involvement(s) did not make a difference, they may be reluctant to accept invitations for future engagement activities.

  • As noted, there is no single perfect answer to how you find out recent UW activity in a particular place in the state. As noted, check the UWYO Events calendar first and then follow up with a discussion with OEO and other trusted colleagues.

 

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