CCE Collaboratory

What is Collaboratory?

Collaboratory is a database used by universities across the nation to track their own community-engagement and public service data. This allows universities to showcase to other faculty, staff, students and community members about their engagement within their respective communities. Our goal at the Center for Community Engagement is to allow UH Hilo the opportunity to showcase our community-engagement and public service within the Hawaiʻi Island communities and internally using Collaboratory. We are currently using the Chancellor stories as a gateway for us to integrate Collaboratory into UH Hilo. However, we need more information regarding these events and would like your assistance in collecting more information for Collaboratory.

Please use link to UH Hilo's Collaboratory Webpage to get started, or use the contact us form below, and someone from UH Hilo's Center for Community-Engagement will reach out to you.

Why should I use Collaboratory?

  • Create a sustained, systematic process for reporting community engagement data that support institutional mission

  • Contribute quality data to inform strategic decision-making and respond to requests for internal and external reports

  • Discover the units, faculty, and staff facilitating community engagement and the community members and organizations involved

Do I Meet the Eligibility Criteria for Collaboratory?

UH Hilo CCE Collaboratory


Please answer the questions, and use the button below to determine whether it should go into Collaboratory.


With Collaboratory, we hope to capture community engagement and public service activities at UH Hilo. The definitions for these activities are provided below as guidance for determining if activities in your area may fit.

Community-Engagement is a process by which an institution works with community partners to co-create and implement mutually beneficial activities distinguished by collaboration and reciprocity. The exchange of expertise and ideas between academic and external community partners leads to co–creation of knowledge and activities that generate benefits for the academic institution, as well as community partners.

Public Service (sometimes referred to as community-service or outreach) occurs when an institution provides expertise, resources, and services to or for community individuals, groups, organizations, and the general public. External entities may invite, host, attend, participate, and benefit from the activity, but the primary responsibility for the design, delivery, and assessment of the activity is shaped by the academic institution.

How it Works

Submitting Activities

Community-engagement and public service activities are submitted for publication by faculty or staff leads. Students can submit activities as proxies, but must assign the activity to a faculty or staff lead. Submitted activites are reviewed by UH Hilo staff administrators. If data is incomplete or needs to be updated the activity will be sent back to the creator of the activity to update. Once updated it can be resubmitted for publication. After the UH Hilo staff administrator approves the activity, it will be published and searchable within the system.

Updating Activities

Activities can be updated over time to add new information, specifically changes to numerical data such as student involvement, hours contributed, and individuals impacted. When you are initially entering an activity, you will need to make some decisions about who owns the activity, to ensure regular ongoing data updates.

Viewing and Searching Activities

Approved activities can be viewed and searched publically by anyone visiting the site.

Accessing Reports and Campus Data

An internal report dashboard to review all activity data is available to CCE staff. Custom reports can be generated to identify all activities connected to your college, unit, office, department, or organizational area at UH Hilo.

Getting Started

If your project is a fit, follow the simple steps below to get started

  1. Visit and log in using your UH username and password.

  2. Complete the registration form and update your profile with a photo, contact information, and other details.

  3. Review activities submitted by other UH faculty, staff, and students.

  4. When you are ready to add community engagement or public service activities click on the "Add Activities" button and follow the prompts to begin inputting your data. Data collected includes:

  • Activity title, a brief description, contact information, and location
  • Collaborators (institutional units, faculty/staff partners, community partners, and other institutions of higher education)
  • Populations served (urban communities, youth, etc.) and areas of focus (education, health and wellness, community and economic development, etc.)
  • Connected scholarship, courses, and student involvement
  • Outputs, institutional outcomes, and community impacts

Need Help?


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