To help higher-ed institutions further their anchor missions and focus initiatives in high-impact areas, Buffalo State, along with the other initial Anchor Learning Network cohorts, developed a framework for tackling community development and measuring & evaluating the outcomes of university initiatives. The result was the Anchor Dashboard which categorized community development into four major categories:
Within these respective categories, the dashboard highlights key universal metrics that can help universities focus their efforts and evaluate their success. For example, key metrics for economic development initiatives would include a number of new businesses launched through university incubator programs or procurement dollars allocated toward local, minority and women-owned businesses.
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