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 Toolkit Provides a suite a tools to help you understand broader impacts and develop an effective broader impacts plans for NSF proposals. Hosted by ARIS (Advancing Research Impact in Society) and Rutgers University, supported by NSF.

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

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

The Reimagining Equity and Values in Informal STEM Education (REVISE) Center is an NSF-supported center with a wealth of resources for designing and evaluating informal STEM learning experiences.

INCLUDES National Network works to broaden participation and expand opportunities in STEM, with a focus on advancing diversity and equity in STEM education and careers. Free membership provides access to a wealth of resources including a searchable library of citable resources. Supported by NSF.

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 (, 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 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, 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.

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.