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University of Michigan School of Information


Engaging with Communities - SI 547

Engaging with Communities

Proposal open date: June 1
Proposal close date: August 2
Project timeline: September-December 
Project duration: 15 weeks 
Number of projects needed: 10

SI 547: Engaging with Communities Syllabus


In SI 547: Engaging with Communities, master’s-level graduate students will research a community's demographic and consumer data and engage in 1:1 interviews to create a community profile to help clients better understand their communities and/or provide insight and/or recommendations about the services or resources they provide.


  • Final report with recommendations
  • Final presentation

Client Requirements 

  • Level of engagement for course/program 
    • 30-60 minute weekly or bi-weekly meetings with student team
    • Regular feedback and communication to student team based on the course schedule
    • Introduction to stakeholders and users for interviews and/or data gathering
    • Access to organizational data, systems and/or resources necessary to project completion
    • Attend final presentation
    • Complete project evaluation

Client Testimonials

  • "The student report adds an organized structure to the data that we're using to make changes in our service hours. The report gives me the independent data needed to talk with both the library staff and library board about our service hour changes."
    • Amanda Winnicki, Menominee County Library
  • “Given the COVID-19 pandemic, there were many opportunities for this project to fall off the tracks. We are grateful that our students persevered in the face of adversity. When we submitted our project proposal to the University of Michigan School of Information, we anticipated that we would have the benefit of working with some highly intelligent and motivated graduate students. We were not disappointed. We were also grateful that the matching process connected us with individuals who had a passion for our work – working with adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This match added significantly to the insights and outcomes.” 
    • Thomas Szczepanski, Angel’s Place

Past Clients

Contact us

Engaged Learning Office | [email protected] | (734) 763-1251

Please complete this form to submit a project proposal for one of our client-based courses or other programs, or to receive information about these opportunities throughout the year.