Evaluating Broader Impacts

May 29, 2018 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. | Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School - Room 136, 2200 Vine Street, Lincoln, NE 68583

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Presentation Overview

Broader impacts encompass the potential of proposed research to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of desired societal outcomes. All proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) must address a project's broader impacts. Other sponsors (e.g., U.S. Department of Agriculture) are also beginning to consider broader impacts during proposal review. Broader impacts may be accomplished through the research itself or through education and outreach activities that are supported by and complementary to a project. Such outcomes include, but are not limited to:

•    Full participation of women, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM);
•    Improved STEM education and educator development at any level;
•    Increased public scientific literacy and public engagement with science and technology;
•    Improved well-being of individuals in society;
•    Development of a diverse, globally competitive STEM workforce;
•    Increased partnerships between academia, industry, and others;
•    Improved national security and/or increased economic competitiveness; and
•    Enhanced infrastructure for research and education.

As the focus on broader impacts increases, the expectation that projects have in place a mechanism to assess the success of these activities also increases. This luncheon presentation will provide an overview of formative and outcome evaluation practices for broader impacts activities. Case studies will showcase examples of using formative evaluation to improve program implementation and using outcome results to secure additional funding. The presentation will also provide an overview of estimates for timeline and costs to anticipate when planning for the evaluation of broader impacts activities.

This event is free and open to University of Nebraska faculty, and a complimentary lunch will be provided. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-seated basis.

The Presenter

Mindy Anderson-Knott is the Director of Evaluation and Development for UNL's Methodology and Evaluation Research Core Facility. Ms. Anderson-Knott is a certified evaluator and directs evaluation projects on a wide variety of topics, including health, STEM education, and training grants. 


Questions about this event may be directed to Tisha Mullen, director of proposal development, at tgilreathmullen2@unl.edu or 402-472-2894.


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