CommNS Co-Create

Collaboration. Research. Evaluation. Outreach. Strategy. Connections.


Co-Create is the space we make for collaborative creation with your nonprofit organization or community group to meet your unique needs for advancing social change.

In Co-Create, we bring to the table the best we have to offer:

  • Expertise in nonprofits, community processes, and the “third sector”
  • Evaluation and applied research, and other ways of bringing inquiry to action
  • Facilitation for strategic planning and other organizational processes
  • Outreach and communication strategies
  • Connections to other university researchers and resources

Bring to us your questions, your challenges, and your dreams, and let’s create together!

Want to explore a Co-Create project with the CommNS? Contact Amy Hilgendorf, Associate Director for Engaged Research, and share your idea: or 608-712-5950.

Evaluation Community of Practice

The evaluation community of practice hosted by Co-Create staff acts as a space for collaboration, connection, outreach, and learning for evaluation scholars, practitioners, and those interested in evaluation practice. We meet monthly to discuss thematic evaluation topics of concern and interest. To join the list-serve, please email

Upcoming Events:

Mark your calendars and plan to come to our first fall gathering in just a couple of weeks, Wednesday, September 26, 4-6 pm, for an “Evaluator Happy Hour!” at the downtown Great Dane Pub. We plan to be in the downstairs “rathskeller.” This will be an opportunity to network and have fun and to informally gather ideas for future gatherings this year. We’d especially like to welcome evaluators from beyond UW to this gathering, so please reach out and bring along your government/nonprofit/etc. evaluator friends!

Related Evaluation Events:

Please join us for the upcoming lunchtime talk hosted by the LEAD Center and WEC and led by Christine Bell on “Retrospective Item and Survey Design for Workshop Evaluation,” October 8, 12-1 pm, in 259 Educational Sciences.