National & International Research on Engagement

The International Center for Research on Community Engagement (ICRCE) at University of Minnesota facilitates collaborative research initiatives that explore the philosophy, pedagogy, and practice of all forms of community engagement, as it pertains to K-12 education, teacher education, and higher education in the U.S. and abroad.

Advancing the Research Agenda

An outgrowth of the Service-Learning Research and Development Center (established 1994) at U.C.Berkeley, ICRCE focuses on advancing regional, national, and international research collaboratives to explore a broad range of theoretical, methodological, and outcome issues in campus/community engagement, service-learning, community service, character and values education, experiential learning, civic education, and community-engaged scholarship. Each research collaborative forms a research agenda for the field, which is used to guide ICRCE’s research investigations and activities.

Involving Leading Scholars & Practitioners

Each research collaborative is organized by a group of scholars representing various universities and other research organizations in the U.S. and abroad who establish a research agenda, design collaborative research projects, complete research proposals for funding, design and validate instruments, implement and complete studies, and collaborate on joint publications.  Each year, the Center employs various graduate student researchers to work on consortia research projects.  Much of ICRCE’s work is conducted in collaboration with practitioners and community members involved in engagement initiatives.


The Office for Public Engagement is a proud affiliate of the 23rd Annual National Service-Learning Conference® and youthrive PeaceJam Leadership Conference that will take place in Minneapolis, MN on April 11-14, 2012. Visit for more information.


For more information, please contact:

Andrew Furco, Director
International Center for Research on Community Engagement (ICRCE)
University of Minnesota
130B Morrill Hall
100 Church St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Tel. 612-624-1562

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