Danielle Wood, Ph.D.

Director, Community-Based Research and Impact; Assistant Director, Research, Learning, and Impact, Center for Civic Innovation
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Danielle Wood is the director of Community-Based Research and Impact at the Center for Social Concerns and the assistant director for Research, Learning, and Impact, Center for Civic Innovation. Wood provides education and facilitation to the University and to community partners on community-based research principles and practices, as well as works directly with local organizations to help them to identify and frame research needs. In support of that work, she also directs the Community-Based Research Seed Grant Program and the Food for Thought Series, fostering partnerships in community-based research. Professor Wood teaches interdisciplinary courses, including community-based research and community development. 

Professor Wood received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Urban and Regional Planning with a minor in public management. She also holds her M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her B.S. from Purdue University. Her dissertation research examined how quality of life and sustainability indicator systems have been used to facilitate change in local communities, and how engagement strategies, organizational capacities, and structural design are part of building collective impact. Wood has research interests in community engagement, asset-based community development, collective impact, and resilience planning and evaluation. Prior to her work with the Center, she worked in the nonprofit sector and in planning, research, and evaluation across a variety of sectors.

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