Building University-Community Partnerships through a Community-Based Learning Assignment

Karen Rice, Kathleen Walsh


Universities located in or near rural settings are uniquely positioned to partner with their community to offer invaluable resources often lacking within rural social service agencies. This teaching note describes a community-based research assignment implemented within an MSW advanced research methods course. The goal of this class was to teach students, through service learning, each phase of the evaluation process, and strategies to build and sustain rural community partnerships. Lessons learned and implications for social work practice and education are discussed.


program evaluation, community-based research, teaching research, rural communities

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