Broader Impacts Resources

There are many resources available that researchers can draw upon in planning, implementing,and evaluating broader impacts activities.


Guidance and Tools - Guidance on understanding broader impacts and how to design effective broader impacts plans and activities.

UMass Amherst Resources - Organizations on campus offering outreach programs and assistance in developing and evaluating broader impacts activities. Examples of BI statements.


Guidance and Tools

Broader Impacts Review Document for National Science Foundation Proposals  A brief detailed overview of factors to consider in developing a BI plan , from ARIS (Advancing Research Impact in Society).

NSF Broader Impacts Themes Examples of broader impacts activities organized under five broad themes.

Broader Impacts Wizard  Provides a quick and easy five-step process that will produce an outline of important points to include in your BI statement and will help frame discussions with your BI partners. Hosted by ARIS (Advancing Research Impact in Society) and Rutgers University, supported by NSF.

The Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) is an NSF-supported center with a wealth of resources for designing and evaluating informal STEM learning experiences. NSF has funded a wide range of innovative informal STEM education work across a variety of settings, resulting in online learning opportunities and resources that are informed by research, evaluation and best practices. See the News and Views page for an updated listing.

A Theory-Based Framework for Designing and Assessing Broader Impacts Activities Presents a tool, the Broader Impacts Impact Framework, to help proposers build and reviewers compare Broader Impacts activities involving public engagement. (Shared by permission)

Online Evaluation Resource Library (OREL)  Provides resources and offers tools for designing instruments, plans, and reports from evaluations for NSF projects within the contest of the Directorate of Human Resources and Education that have proven to be sound and representative of established evaluation practices.

National Academies Press  publishes free downloadable reports on many science and educational topics. Has good browsing tools for finding what you need. E.g., Undergraduate Research Experiences for STEM Students Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities (2017)

National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) offers an interactive data tool for searching a number of databases on higher education, such as the Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering (GSS). Useful for finding data on participation of women and minorities in specific fields.


UMass Amherst Resources

Examples of Broader Impacts Statements from UMass NSF proposals.

Resources from the 2019 Broader Impacts Fair and Workshop, April 5, 2019:

BI Development and Evaluation

Office of Academic Planning & Assessment (OAPA) The OAPA offers help with assessing student experiences, and can help faculty craft, articulate and measure learning outcomes. They work with educational programs that vary in scale from small courses to university-wide efforts. Contact Martha Stassen (mstassen@acad.umass.edu), Associate Provost, Assessment and Educational Effectiveness.

Center for Teaching & Learning(CTL) CTL supports faculty in developing as teachers, especially with student-centered pedagogy. Services include course planning consultations and the Midterm Assessment Process. Contact the CTL office at Center for Teaching and Learning  at ctl@umass.edu or 413-545-1225.

Institute for Social Science Research promotes interdisciplinary connections in the social sciences and provides training in community engaged research and public dissemination of findings.

Diversity-Related

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a comprehensive site for information on all aspects of diversity and inclusion at UMass. The website provides links to a full range of programs and academic and mentoring resources on campus.
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, funded by NSF, aims to increase STEM undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded to underrepresented minorities. Has opportunities for faculty to participate in BI activities.
Links to programs with campus engaged research, teaching and service missions

Student Research Experience Programs

Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons
Office of Undergraduate Research and Studies
Campus Engaged Research,Teaching and Service Programs

Connect with Off-Campus Partners

Community Engagement and Service Learning (CESL)
Five Colleges, Inc. Community Impacts
UMass Center at Springfield

Campus Resources for Science Communication and Dissemination of Results

Public Engagement Project offers public engagement faculty fellowships and written guides on public writing, media and policy messaging, science communication, social media use
UMass Libraries Digital Media Lab offers audio/video, 3-D printing, and virtual reality equipment and studios. Also assistance with creating a sustainable BI initiative. Funded by NSF, NIH,& DOE
UMass Libraries Scholarly Communication Department offers resources and services to assist researchers in sharing their scholarship through publications and teaching, including publishing in ScholarWorks, UMass’s open access institutional repository, and creation of open access curricula.