Broader Impacts Resources

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

Guidance and Tools

Broader Impacts Guiding Principles and Questions A brief detailed overview of factors to consider in developing a BI plan, developed by National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI)

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. Developed by Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence and funded by an NSF Grant.

Online Evaluation Resource Library (OREL)  Provides resources offers  tools for designing instruments, plans, and reports from evaluations for NSF projects that have proven to be sound and representative of current evaluation practices.

A Scientist’s Guide to Achieving Broader Impacts through K–12 STEM Collaboration  A practical guide to help scientists plan successful  Inquiry Based Learning activities for students in grades K–12. Supported in part by NSF

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.

More resources for planning broader impacts activities and writing your broader impacts statement

UMass Amherst Resources

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

Below are links that may be of particular relevance to the development and demonstration of broader impacts in research. In the box at the right side-bar are links to excerpts from successful NSF CAREER proposals, and guidelines for NSF CAREER Letters of Support

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.

Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD) TEFD supports faculty in developing as teachers, especially with student-centered pedagogy. Services include course planning consultations and the Midterm Assessment Process. Contact the TEFD office at or 413-545-1225.

Institute of Diversity Sciences (IDS) The IDS is a new institute that helps faculty assess broader impact projects related to diversity and inclusion, by designing and/or conducting evaluations that measure appropriate indicators. The IDS can also identify and connect faculty with resources and local organizations, on and off campus, as well as disseminate scientific deliverables to communities of interest. Contact Buju Dasgupta (, Director, or Leyla Keough (, Program Coordinator.

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 Matters 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.On Campus
Centers and Institutes with an inclusion mission

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
Springfield Partnership/ UMass Center at Springfield

Campus Resources for Science Communication

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