Engaged Research

Wisconsin Idea Exchange

Looking for campus-community partnerships? Sign up for the Wisconsin Idea Exchange from the Morgridge Center for Public Service! It’s a great resource for faculty, staff, and community organizations to connect with those at UW-Madison and beyond.

Focus Areas

  • Community Wellbeing & Empowerment
  • Youth Development & Civic Engagement
  • Sustainable Community Systems
  • Program Evaluation & Community Outreach
Research Platforms
  • Action Research Core (ARC)

Group of researchers, community partners, and students who seek to contribute to a just a healthy civil society through action-oriented scholarship, practice and training.

  • Bridging Research and Practice

Through trainings, seminars, conferences, roundtables, and joint projects with partners across campus, we are increasingly a convening home for research and partnerships between campus, community and nonprofits organizations,

  • Scholarly and Community Affiliates

Interested campus faculty and staff are encouraged to affiliate with the CommNS. Benefits include receiving regular notices of programs, the opportunity to apply for and participate in research projects and the opportunity to share articles and other in formation important to the nonprofit sector through Center forums, publications and our website.If you like information on affiliating with the CommNS, please contact Assistant Director Paula Tran Inzeo at ptran@wisc.edu and request an outline of our affiliate guidelines.

  •  Beckner Research Digests

The Beckner Research Digests provide synthesized reports on scholarly research conducted by academic leaders in the nonprofit field. Faculty across the University of Wisconsin have contributed to the series, conducting research relevant to the nonprofit sector and working with the CommNS in translating the findings for community based organizational use.

In the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea and through generous funding provided by the Meta Schroeder Beckner Endowment, the CommNS prepared and offers the following research digests.