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    PEAK Inquiry Project

    Do you have a problem or issue that college students and faculty could help with through research or academic expertise?  Submit an Idea Brief to tell us about your project idea, and we’ll work to connect you with students and faculty to could do it!

    The Collaborative for Community Engagement (CCE) at Colorado College is launching The PEAK Inquiry Project - a program through which community organizations and city departments can submit knowledge and research-based project ideas to share with CC students, faculty, volunteer teams, and courses.  The mission of the project is to bring the knowledge of the campus to bear on public, real-world issues. Why PEAK Inquiry? PEAK stands for “Publicly Engaged, Actionable Knowledge,” and our goal is to connect campus change-makers to community INQUIRIES – your questions, your challenges, your problems. 

    As examples, here are some past projects at CC:

    • A political science course that analyzed survey data to better understand voting patterns on an upcoming ballot issue
    • Film students that annually produce short films for community organizations to facilitate storytelling about the organization
    • A team of sociology students that annually conduct a program evaluation of a local organization’s safe sex curriculum
    • A student volunteer that explored archival data for a community organization to better understand their organizational history
    • A environmental studies course that regularly conducts energy audits of local homes

    Have an idea?  Here’s how the program works:

    1. Submit an IDEA BRIEF through this online form that takes roughly 5-10 minutes to complete.
    2. The CCE will post the idea on our website, share widely, and actively seek to “match” the idea to targeted students and faculty whose interests align with the project.

    Our hope is to provide a platform to elevate community-driven ideas, and to use this process to focus the "match-making" efforts of the CCE. While we would like to find a match for every idea, it is important to understand that submitting an idea does not guarantee that the CCE will be able to find faculty or students to implement the project.  This will depend on a number of factors beyond our control, including but not limited to finding just the right "match" between your organization's need and the passions and capacities of specific people on our campus -- as well as aligning your timeframe with the availability of those specific people.  Nevertheless, our hope is that this process will greatly facilitate stronger connections between community-driven ideas and campus expertise.

    Project ideas will be accepted on a rolling basis.  Organizations and departments are welcome to submit multiple project ideas, but please submit a new form for each idea.  Please note that the chances of your project getting matches are highest if you submit an idea during the summer or early in the academic year (August or early September).

    CCE staff are available to help with development of your proposal at any stage – from brainstorming ideas for projects, to understanding research methods, to filling out the form itself.  Contact Jordan Travis Radke, CCE Director, at jradke@coloradocollege.edu to get started.