Panel - Engaging Communities of Faith in Broader Impacts Activities Moderator: Jory Weintraub, Duke University Panelists: Andrew Aghapour, Smithsonian, Amy Laura Hall, Duke University, Nalini Nadkarni, University of Utah Session Details:
When designing broader impacts activities, one of the fundamental questions is “what audience(s) will I serve or address?” Historically, the majority of BI efforts have focused on K-12 communities and/or racial, ethnic or gender groups that are underrepresented in STEM disciplines. In keeping with the theme of this year’s Summit (“expanding BI”), this session will explore engagement with a community that has largely been overlooked in past BI efforts -- communities of faith. Our panel will include Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, a scientist who has successfully engaged communities of faith in her BI efforts, and will share stories of her successes and challenges with those efforts. (See Creation in Crisis.) We will also hear from Reverend-Doctor Amy Laura Hall, a faculty member in Duke University’s Divinity School who works at the interface of ethics, science and faith, and Dr. Andrew Aghapour, a religious scholar who consults on faith and science for the Smithsonian. This promises to be a fascinating discussion, and one unlike anything we’ve offered at past Summits, so plan to engage and ask lots of big questions.
YouTube video: Engaging Communities of Faith in BI panel discussion
12:30 - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Lightning Talks/Poster Talks
From the Ground Up:
Developing a BI support Program in the Absence of a BI office
Presenters: Courtney Price, Ohio State University Session Details
When it comes to building BI infrastructure, the discussion is often focused on the development of a BI office. While that is likely an aspirational goal for most BI practitioners, the reality of a BI office seems farfetched at many institutions. This talk aims to explore mechanisms for developing BI infrastructure in the absence of a centralized BI office. The content will highlight a two-year journey of finding the right level of support to meet the needs of an interdisciplinary group of researchers at The Ohio State University. From figuring out the difference between what researchers say they want and what they will actually show up for, to piloting initiatives such a BI newsletter and quarterly brainstorming sessions, to developing a research project exploring how science communication and supported engagement in outreach affect individual researchers –- this talk will outline lessons learned on a grassroots level. YouTube video: Developing a BI Support Program in the Absence of a BI Office Support materials:Developing a Broader Impacts program lightning talk (PDF)
Science Blogging for Professional Development and Outreach
Presenter: Miriam Krause, Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology
The Sustainable Nano blog was launched in 2013 as an outreach project of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, an NSF-funded Center for Chemical Innovation. More than 300 posts have been published since then, with over half written by graduate students, postdocs, and undergraduates in the Center. Parallel to its outreach goals, the blog serves as an important professional development tool for training public-friendly science communication: each student or postdoc author goes through several rounds of revisions with a peer editor before a final edit with the CSN's Director of Education & Outreach. Training focuses on understanding audience, narrative style, and vocabulary for informal communication in contrast with formal scientific writing. This lightning session will provide an overview of Sustainable Nano's editorial process, with tips for those who may be interested in developing similar projects. YouTube video: Science Blogging for Professional Development and Outreach
Surveying Perceptions of BI/BP at Minority Serving Institutions
Presenter: Jory Weintraub, Duke University
Much of the NSF's emphasis on broader impacts (BI) focuses on broadening participation (BP) efforts, which are intended to engage underrepresented individuals and groups. BP initiatives have the potential to directly or indirectly impact minority serving institutions (MSIs), but to our knowledge there have been no prior efforts to survey faculty/researchers at MSIs to catalog their perceptions of how (or if) past and current BP efforts have benefited them, their students and their institutions. ARIS has established a sub-committee to support BI/BP efforts at MSIs and, as a first step towards understanding and prioritizing needs, we undertook a large-scale survey of MSI faculty/researchers to gauge perceptions of BI/BP. This lightning talk will discuss results of the survey and how these results translate to prioritized goals and objectives of the ARIS MSI sub-committee. YouTube video: Surveying Perceptions of BI/BP at Minority Serving Institutions
The Use of Co-design to Develop Inclusive and Impactful BI Projects
Presenters: Anja Fourie and John Beasley, NRAO, Charlottesville, VA Session Details:
Minority populations in the USA are currently underrepresented in the fields of computing and data science, and the revolution in these fields runs the risk of not including the full diversity of the US population.
Project RADIAL, a broader impact (BI) project of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), was initiated to use radio astronomy to contribute to the development of a diverse STEM workforce with transferable skills relevant for a rapidly changing workplace and society.
RADIAL has been designed from the outset as a network of partners, including a diverse group of minority-serving institutions in the USA. The NRAO has incorporated the principle of co-operative design during the initiation of RADIAL to ensure that it consults and benefits its stakeholders.
This presentation will outline the principal of co- design, how it was implemented to developthe scope of RADIAL, and is now being applied to all NRAO BI projects.
Developing Anchor Projects:
How to Read Research Example
Presenters: Teddie Phillipson-Mower, Indiana University Session Details:
Research scientists who compete for federal funding must show how their work will impact society should they receive funding. It is expected that there is institutional support for faculty to do this. Anchor projects are developed and maintained by the unit (department, school, institution) and allow PIs to creatively "anchor" to the project to meet their BI goals and enhance the work.
Phillipson-Mower will share ideas/suggestions for the development and maintenance of anchor projects based on overall experiences, with specific focus on my How to Read Research anchor project. The goals for this project are to provide high school teachers with a web-based tool to support students' abilities to read and comprehend research; broaden public access to research literature; support researchers in their BI work; and to make the work of the Indiana University Integrated Program in the Environment researchers known. YouTube video: Developing Anchor Projects: How to Read Research Example
Penn Community Engagement Data Project:
A Cross-school Effort to Capture Collective Impact of Community Engagement and Outreach Programs at an R1 University
Presenters: John Baker and Dan Miller-Uueda, University of Pennsylvania Session Details:
Starting in 2016, two schools at the University of Pennsylvania began working together on an initiative to capture data on participation and outcomes of campus outreach and community engagement programs. The journey was fraught with red tape, funding deserts, and missed deadlines. Nevertheless, with supportive supervisors, allies and thought partners across the university, an experienced developer, and a strong helping of perseverance, the database was up and running by the summer of 2019. The presenters will discuss the process of working across schools in a large university with common goals of systemizing data collection and storage, developing the capacity to follow up with participants down the road to capture longitudinal outcome data, and creating a means for recruitment of future participants and facilitators. YouTube video: Penn Community Engagement Data Project
Broadening Participation in STEM: Approaches to Identifying & Beginning to Address Barriers
Equity is a major priority for many of us. Additionally, there is widespread agreement about the urgent need to broaden who participates in, contributes to, and benefits from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). But what are truly inclusive practices to support broadening participation in STEM informal learning? If you are interested in learning more about broadening participation in STEM, including identifying systemic barriers, being mindful of community needs, and supporting vulnerable populations, this flash talk is for you!
During this talk, you will:
Learn about what a cross-field task force identified as key foundational issues essential to consider for any effort to broaden participation in STEM to be successful.
Gain familiarity with a suite of professional development tools that you can use to engage your colleagues in reflecting on your own programs and organization.
Effective Offerings for Disabled Persons Enrolled in Biology:
How Best to Empower This Unique Population of Students
Presenters: Bernadette Connors, Dominican College of Blauvelt Session Details:
Institutional barriers to inclusion in higher education for diverse groups have been thoroughly examined with respect to gender, race, and ethnicity. The educational community at-large has had an active and productive discussion on how to increase inclusivity for these groups. Similar and related barriers to recruitment and retention of students who are also disabled exist but uncovering effective and innovative interventions can be arduous, especially with understaffed offices and overextended faculty. In addition, at schools that have a significant reliance on adjunct instructors, widespread access to pedagogical tools is not often the case. A limited number of programs in higher education have been established. In this lightning round presentation, I will present work accomplished during a yearlong fellowship that address the opportunities and support services exist for undergraduate students who are disabled that increase access for those interested in pursuing a career in the biological sciences. YouTube video: Effective Offerings for Disabled Persons Enrolled in Biology
ARIS Broader Impacts Summit 2020:
Training the People who do the Science
Presenters: Disan Davis, Rockefeller University Session Details:
In doing Broader Impacts work, researchers are often working with broader communities in the context of mentor-mentee relationships. In our case, scientists mentor students (high school, undergraduate, early graduate students) in their earliest experiences doing science. The nature of that experience can impact students' futures in science (or not). Furthermore, effective mentorship is a cornerstone of success as these researchers transition into running independent research groups in the future.
In recent years, we have instituted a more substantial mentor training model, focusing on supporting our mentors in their professional growth as mentors and managers. We believe in a human-centered model where mentors are training the people who will do the science. In this lightning talk, we will share our goals of mentor training, preliminary results from our progress, and free resources we have developed for others who want to start or add to their mentor training efforts. YouTube video: Training the People who do the Science Support materials:Mentor Handbook (PDF)
Resources and Recommendations from the Public Face of Science
Presenters: Erica Kimmerling, Association of Science and Technology Centers Session Details:
To understand and address the complex and evolving relationship between science and society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences launched the Public Face of Science Initiative in 2016. The reports Perceptions of Science in America and Encountering Science in America, released in February 2018 and 2019, are resources for the broader impacts community on public attitudes toward science and the landscape of science engagement. The final initiative report present priority areas including specific goals, actions, and highlights for the scientific community, academic institutions, and science engagement professions with the goal of cultivating the relationship between science and society. This lightning talk will focus on how the recommendations from the Public Face of Science can support and advance the work of broader impact professionals. YouTube video: Resources and Recommendations from the Public Face of Science
How a University's Official Partnership with a Science Museum Creates Opportunities for Impacts on Society
Presenters: Phyllis Newbill and Lisa McNair, Virginia Tech Session Details:
Impacting society happens best in strong collaborative partnerships with community organizations. We are a broader impacts office at a large university in a small town beside a small city. For the past three years, our official relationship with the science center in that small city has involved having a liaison who spends time at both the university and the museum. We will discuss how the relationship has grown, lessons learned, procedures we have developed, and how the number of CAREER grants submitted that could benefit the museum went from one per year to 16 this past year. Impact opportunities at the museum include full camps, camp experiences, lab field trips, new museum exhibits, celebration days, and outreach kits. The liaison necessarily understands the cultures of both the university and the museum, and acts as a diplomat and translator between the two. YouTube video: How a University's Official Partnership with a Science Museum Creates Opportunities for Impacts on Society
Science with Seniors:
A Model Program for Senior Citizen-Centered STEM Outreach
Presenters: Suyog Padgaonkar, Northwestern University Session Details:
While many STEM outreach programs focus on children, relatively few efforts are dedicated to voting-age populations. Additionally, Americans have low science literacy rates across all ages. To address this gap, we have developed Science with Seniors (SwS) by bringing informal science presentations to senior citizens, the most dedicated voting demographic, at local senior centers in the Chicagoland area. Through SwS, graduate students and postdoctoral associates have given over 50 presentations over the past two years on a variety of topics (ranging from climate change to lab-grown meat). Survey responses indicate that SwS has been largely successful in its aims: 90% agree that the program has increased their understanding of the presented topics and 92% agree that they would attend a similar program in the future. Given this positive feedback, we are excited that our efforts with SwS demonstrate a way to bring STEM outreach to older populations and look forward to further developing the program. YouTube video: Science with Seniors Presentation materials:Science Outreach for Senior Citizens lightning talk (PDF)
Science on Wheels:
Connecting Scientists to Missouri Communities
Presenters: Levi Storks, University of Missouri Session Details:
Science on Wheels is an outreach program at the University of Missouri, run entirely by graduate students and postdocs, that provides opportunities for Missouri citizens to connect with scientists. Science on Wheels has pursued this goal by focusing on unique, underserved audiences around the state, including citizens living in rural communities and adults from diverse backgrounds. Through partnerships with a wide range of organizations, we present series of short, accessible talks about university research at events around Missouri. Now in our third year, Science on Wheels has reached over 400 Missouri citizens at more than 25 events in 18 counties and supported the training and development of public engagement skills for over 60 scientists. Through its efforts, Science on Wheels is expanding audiences engaged with university research and preparing future engaged scientists. There is massive potential in implementing similar programs at other institutions. YouTube video: Science on Wheels
Poster talk - Ship Happens:
Embracing the Potential for Citizen Science in Marine Tourism
Plenary Mohamed Noor, Dean of the Natural Sciences, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University Engaging our students in science via science fiction
To make biology more accessible to the public and to introductory-level college students, Noor has begun to use science-fiction television and movies as case-studies for learning biological principles both in the classroom and in conventions and other public arenas. Along these lines, he recently published, "Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek Can Teach Us about Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds." In this presentation, Noor will discuss informally the benefits of drawing on popular culture to increase student interest and understanding. YouTube video: Mohamed Noor's video presentation on Engaging Students in Science via Science Fiction
Using the ECO and MPEF Frameworks to Design Programs for Public Engagement with Science in Your Research Group or Institution
Presenters: Sarah Garlick, Hubbard Brook Research Foundation; Elyse Aurbach, University of Michigan Session Details
STEM researchers and research institutions are increasingly recognizing the need to support public engagement with science via professional staff and programming. This workshop will share two new frameworks that work as complementary tools for practitioners to design effective public engagement strategies and assess the strengths and weaknesses of their programs. The ECO Framework (ECO = Direct Engagement with Stakeholders, Co-Production of Knowledge, and Outreach to Broader Audiences: three essential and interacting modes of practice that support mutual learning between scientists and stakeholders) uses a logic modeling approach to describe and enable planning over a project lifecycle, while the Michigan Public Engagement Framework describes similarities and differences in stakeholders, relationships, and contexts across different forms of engaged work. Used together, these frameworks can help fill the gap between public engagement research and practice, giving practitioners a scaffold for making strategic decisions about public engagement programs and projects. This interactive workshop will introduce both frameworks and facilitate opportunities for participants to apply them to their own strategic planning, and is intended for public engagement practitioners, decision-makers, and other professionals who are involved in designing/advising the design of broader impacts plans and programs. YouTube video: Using the ECO and MPEF Frameworks to Design Programs for Public Engagement with Science in Your Research Group or Institution Presentation:Using the ECO and MPEF Frameworks to Design Programs for Public Engagement with Science in your Research Group or Institution (PPTX)
The Broader Impact (BI) Ecosystem of OSU Precollege Programs (PCP):
Practical Tools for a Reciprocal Model of Stakeholder Engagement
Presenters: Susan Rowe and Jay Well, Oregon State University Session Details
Authentic and reciprocal models of engagement between PCP program staff, Principal Investigators (PIs) of research grants and K-12 audiences promote interdisciplinary and innovative BI programing that broadens participation of underserved groups in STEM while also expanding societal benefits beyond NSF specific BI goals. In this workshop, we will illustrate our program engaged model for BI planning, which offers a hybrid platform for brokering STEM research to K12 audiences. Using storyboarding, we will link PCP's engaged model to essential components highlighted in the COSEE BI wizard: 1) audience, 2) partnerships, 3) statement of uniqueness, 4) evaluation plan, and 5) defensible budgets. Drawing from 32 years of BI programming, we will share our framework and practical tools for reciprocal stakeholder collaboration (e.g. outreach and BI planning tools, assessment and evaluation tools, budget templates) and use a journey mapping activity to invite participants to map their own BI programing and/or pathways. YouTube video: The Broader Impact (BI) Ecosystem of OSU Precollege Programs (PCP)
TransFORMing Your Evaluation Practices
Presenter: Bryanne Peterson, Virginia Tech Session Details
In this hands-on workshop, attendees will review the basics of creating a strong evaluation survey while also exploring Google Forms and using free add-ons as tools to improve the evaluation process. Attendees will explore how Forms can upgrade evaluation practices by providing preliminary data analysis on incoming responses in real-time. Workshop attendees will walk away with a working survey and dashboard that, with just a single click, calculates mean, median, mode, range, and standard deviation for any Likert-scale or binary (yes/no) questions as well as graphical representations of categorical and/or numerical data. Experience working with formulas in Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets is helpful, but not required. YouTube video: TransFORMing Your Evaluation Practices Presentation:TransFORMing Your Evaluation Practices (PPTX)
2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session I
Harnessing Creative Tensions to Enhance Fundamental Research in Service to Society
Presenters: Lorne Whitehead and Marc-David Seidel, University of British Columbia Session Details
Research breakthroughs that solve real-world problems often come from research projects that integrate the dual motivations of discovery and service to society. They are "Highly Integrative Basic And Responsive" (HIBAR) research projects. The integration of fundamental and applied research is challenging though, because these projects often have conflicting priorities regarding their purpose, methods, leadership, and timeframes. Fortunately, successful HIBAR research leaders have found ways to take advantage of these conflicts: a "creative tension" can be developed in this context, in order to generate new perspectives, better approaches, deeper understanding, and heightened enthusiasm. This session will offer advice, and encourage discussion, on assessing the level of "HIBAR integration" of research projects, in ways that can guide leaders at all levels to improve projects from this perspective. The goal is to build skills for harnessing creative tension in HIBAR research projects in order to yield enhanced societal and scholarly benefits. YouTube video: Harnessing Creative Tensions to Enhance Fundamental Research in Service to Society
Building and Sustaining a Classroom-based STEM Educational Program at an Underserved Elementary School
Presenters: Kitty Cahalan and Mitch Aiken, California Institute of Technology Session Details
Caltech Outreach created a classroom-based STEM education program in which graduate students from many STEM disciplines develop lesson plans and teach hands-on science lessons in collaboration with teachers at a K-5 school. Program goals are threefold: (1) graduate student volunteers develop lesson-planning and classroom management skills while practicing active-learning pedagogical techniques (2) K-5 students at a school where 98% of students are of racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented in STEM have multi-year exposure to working scientists who serve as role models (3) K-5 teachers gain access to STEM content experts. Decisions that have resulted in a program that is still growing in its fourth year include: (1) strategic placement of the program (2) development of deep relationships in the school district and at the school (3) ongoing recruiting efforts among graduate students (4) building in program flexibility that accommodates graduate students' classwork, university teaching and research constraints. YouTube video: Building and Sustaining a Classroom-based STEM Educational Program at an Underserved Elementary School
What do I Get for my Money? Helping Program Assessment and Evaluators Communicate the Value of Broader Impacts Evaluation
Presenter: Sondra LoRe, National Institute for STEM Evaluation and Research, University of Tennessee Session Details
Emerging evaluators and assessment coordinators are entering the world of program evaluation at an exciting time. Data in many fields is in abundance and the need for data-based decision making in our society is urgent. At the same time, all evaluators whether new or seasoned, face challenges of communicating the value of assessment and evaluation to clients while ensuring the inclusion and usability of their work for all stakeholders. How an evaluator ethically balances the needs of the people being served by the project while budgeting time, resources, and costs is essential to the success of the program. This skill building workshop includes strategies for teaching assessment coordinators and evaluators to communicate the return on investment of program evaluation while designing the framework of evaluation within budget and time constraints. This hands-on session will model an experiential learning design that attendees can apply for classroom use, capacity building, and to engage stakeholders in evaluation.
Research and Public Engagement Experiences… OH MY!
Presenters: Bonnie Harris and Heidi Turcotte, Georgia Institute of Technology Session Details
One of the biggest challenges in research is finding ways to facilitate engagement with the public to increase the awareness of its many values to society. Consider this: a school district's career pathway educators sharpening content knowledge through on-campus interdisciplinary research experiences at Georgia Institute of Technology; high school students and research faculty learning together through hands-on exercises and lab activities; university students as STEM/STEAM Innovators-in-Residence in K-12 classrooms; and reaching greater audiences through video production by way of YouTube, sharing experiences that connect businesses, universities, K-12 schools, and informal science education institutions. These and other innovative approaches to broadening impact will be addressed in this session.
Make Love Happen: Lasting Broader Impacts Relationships are Possible
Presenters: Julee Farley, Montgomery County Public Schools and Virginia Tech; Jamie Little, Radford City Public Schools and Virginia Tech; Kimberly Keith, Floyd County Public Schools and Virginia Tech Session Details
This regular session is appropriate for all audiences looking to form partnerships external to their organization. We will focus on the implementation of a unique and innovative liaison model as a practical tool for Broader Impacts work. The liaison is someone who is a member of both organizations, spends time in both locations, and is able to serve as a boundary spanner between the groups. After this session, attendees will be able to successfully identify, contact, maintain, and evaluate a relationship with an appropriate external partner in order to expand the reach of their organization and create mutually beneficial Broader Impacts. Presentation:Make Love Happen: Lasting Broader Impacts Relationships are Possible (PDF) Support materials:Path to Lasting Broader Impacts (PPTX) (for businesses, community organizations, K-12)
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Time to Review Pre-Recorded Conference Materials
Thursday, April 30, 2020
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Time to Review Pre-Recorded Conference Materials
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Concurrent Session II
A Commitment to a Better future in STEM:
Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Mentored Research Through Program Design and Citywide Support
Presenter: Disan Davis, Rockefeller University
High school research programs are increasingly providing students their first taste of what it's like to engage in an authentic research process. While many programs have existed for a long time (Rockefeller's Summer Science Research Program for 28 years), more recently efforts are being taken to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion in such research experiences. RockEDU has created and evolved the LAB Jumpstart program to specifically meet the needs of the diverse New York City community. Furthermore, our NYC Science Research Mentoring Consortium (SRMC) includes many successful models, with added success through city-wide coordination and collaboration. In this talk I will share some key metrics, outcomes, and lessons learned along the way. In its 7th year, I will also touch on ways LAB Jumpstart has changed to meet identified needs, challenges, and opportunities, ultimately to keep our program headed toward our vision for diverse, equitable, and inclusive HS research experiences. YouTube video: A Commitment to a Better future in STEM
Interdisciplinary and Innovative BI Programming
Presenters: Kevin Niemi and Gavin Luter, University of Wisconsin-Madison Session Details
The UW-Madison UniverCity Alliance connects education, service, and research activities with cities to further the practice of sustainability. It serves as a matchmaking service that solicits projects from communities, shares those needs with campus entities, and supports the resulting research, technical assistance offered, and hopefully has an impact both locally and globally with the partnership. The partnerships are a three-year collaboration to solve pressing issues in Wisconsin communities. This session will share progress from the first cohort of partnerships with four different communities. We will also share the financial and administrative details of the UniverCity program. YouTube video: Interdisciplinary and Innovative BI Programming
The MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity:
Centering the Arts and Humanities in Interdisciplinary Research
Presenters: Stephanie Vasko and Michael O'Rourke, Center for Interdisciplinarity, Michigan State University Session Details
The Michigan State University Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I) represents a new type of research and outreach center, one which specifically focuses on centering the arts and humanities in interdisciplinary, societally-relevant research, teaching, and outreach. In this talk, representatives from C4I will present the history of the center and the successful workshop, grant, and training programs that they have developed and offered. They will provide attendees with strategies for funding research and events, developing fruitful relationship with community partners, creating and offering workshops on-campus and in the community, and designing training opportunities for graduate students. YouTube video: Centering the Arts and Humanities in Interdisciplinary Research
Public Impact Research and Broader Impacts: Building Support for Engaged Research
Presenters: James Reecy, Associate Vice President for Research, Iowa State University; Howard Gobstein, Executive Vice President, APLU; Sheila Martin, Vice President, APLU; Kevin Gardner, Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation, University of Louisville Session Details
APLU's Council on Research published "Public Impact Research: Engaged Universities Making the Difference." Recognizing that the ARIS community has experience and knowledge that can help make the next steps of this project successful, we will provide an overview of the objectives of the PIR project and its recommendations and ask for your advice and assistance in accomplishing its objectives.
Meaningful Research and Practical Tools for NABI/ARIS Practitioners (will end at 12:30 p.m.)
Presenters: David Phipps, York University; Kristen Coakley Ashare, University of Pennsylvania; Katie Mills, University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering Session Details
Past NABI Summits have introduced Broader Impacts practitioners to Knowledge Mobilisation (KMb) as it is practiced, researched, and encouraged in Canada, the United Kingdom, and other countries. The workshop offers key KMb tools and concepts from the leading researcher of "impact literacy," David Phipps (York University), who will give an overview of this work and introduce participants to the Institutional Impact Health Workbook (co-authored with Julie Bayley, University of Lincoln, U.K., from Emerald Publishing). The Workbook activities to determine "impact health" will be adapted by ARIS members Kristen Coakley Ashare (University of Pennsylvania) and Katie Mills (University of Southern California) to BI practitioners in American universities. Participants will work both individually and in small groups through the Workbook inventories of five key elements (Commitment, Connectivity, Co-production, Competencies and Clarity) and discuss distinctions between assessment-driven vs. mission-driven impact measurements, followed by large group sharing and reflection. YouTube video: Meaningful Research and Practical Tools for NABI/ARIS Practitioners Support materials:
Plenary Dr. Suzi Iacono, Head of Office of Integrative Activities (OIA), National Science Foundation Broader Impacts through a Knowledge Mobilization Lens
1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Workshop Session II
Inclusive Science Communication:
A Radical Rebranding of Broader Impacts
Presenters: Lisette Torres-Gerald, Nebraska Wesleyan University Session Details
A growing number of researchers and practitioners in science communication, STEM public engagement, and informal science education are calling for systemic change that will center the goals of inclusion and equity, rather than allowing these to be secondary goals. While broadening participation has long been a focus in STEM fields, a growing body of research has demonstrated the inequities and deficit-based thinking that often underlies STEM-related public engagement. Those who have prioritized inclusion have largely been operating within disciplinary silos, slowing the pace of change and stifling the shared learning that is needed.
Building on the InclusiveSciComm Symposium, and with support from the Kavli Foundation, the University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute has conducted interviews with 30 leaders working in informal science learning, science communication, public engagement, and science education to identify the motivations, challenges, gaps, opportunities and synergies for advancing inclusive science communication (a purposefully broad term designed to encompass a wide variety of approaches and settings for conversations about STEM) across disciplines and sectors. Early analyses of the interviews and a social network analysis of the field indicate siloing of expertise is a significant barrier, hindering knowledge exchange and effective practice between fields of study. The findings from these interviews will be further explored in conference-based discussions intended to expand this discussion across different professional networks such as ARIS, SACNAS, and possibly the Public Communication of Science and Technology Conference in 2020. The interviews, conference discussions, and a social network analysis identifying linkages between individuals and organizations working on inclusive science communication will be combined in a final report summarizing research findings and providing recommendations for expanding and advancing inclusive science communication research and practice.
Presenters: Karen Peterman, Karen Peterman Consulting, Co.; Jessica Sperling, Duke University Session Details
This hands-on workshop session will share tools you can use to plan and conduct your BI evaluations. Designed for those with some experience designing and maybe even conducting BI evaluation, this session will provide guidance and tools from three different perspectives to address three different stages of the evaluation process. First, we'll look at logic models, reviewing and using a template to chart out a BI evaluation. Next, we'll share free tips and resources for dealing with the "messy middle" of the evaluation process. The third hands-on portion will focus on shared instruments. We'll review repositories, focus on the goodness-of-fit between instruments and program goals, and talk about setting reasonable expectations for different types of BI engagement. The workshop will end with a Q&A session in which participants can ask about and share practical tips and tools for BI evaluation. YouTube video: Tools You Can Use: A Hands-on Evaluation Session
In it for the Long Haul? Partnerships for Broader Impacts Design and the Quest for Durability
Presenters: Eve Klein, Portal to the Public; Michelle Kortenaar, Sciencenter; Tiffany Fleming, Cornell University Session Details
After three years of experimenting and facing challenges together, the Partnerships for Broader Impacts Design (BID) project has learned a lot about how informal science education (ISE) organizations and universities can build durable strategic partnerships that promote recurrent Broader Impacts-based collaborations. In this workshop, attendees will first be introduced to the project's progress and goals, along with reflections on the successes and lessons from nine collaborating partnerships. Following this introduction, the bulk of the workshop will be dedicated to giving attendees time to dig in to the new BID partnership guide, to begin to plan or develop their own university — ISE partnerships. YouTube video: In it for the Long Haul? Partnerships for Broader Impacts Design and the Quest for Durability
Scaling from Project Evaluation to Collective Impact
Presenters: Jennifer Fields, Michelle Higgins, Alison Meadow, Gigi Owen, University of Arizona Session Details
As a community of impact-engaged professionals, we're getting pretty good at measuring the societal impacts of research at the project level. Resources to support project evaluation are widely available, and the mandate to evaluate project outcomes and impacts is becoming less and less daunting. But what happens to all of those project evaluations? Are we asking the same questions, or collecting data that can be aggregated to tell a story beyond the individual project? In this hands-on workshop, we will examine the current resources and frameworks for measuring and reporting on impacts at varying levels, explore the ways we can overcome institutional cultures that may hinder measurement efforts, and discuss common indicators that will allow us to expand our data-driven impact story to different units of analysis — from project, to department, to institution, to nation. YouTube video: Demonstrating Impact: Scaling from Project Evaluation to Collective Impact
Professionalization of Public Engagement
Presenters: Geoff Hunt, National Academy of Science; Jeanne Garbarino, Rockefeller University; Julie Fooshee, University of Edinburgh Session Details
This workshop seeks to bring to the forefront a topic that has been bubbling under the surface within the public engagement with science community: professionalization of our work as public engagers. We have arranged the workshop so that attendees can best contribute their own perspectives. During the workshop, we will collectively
Determine how the sector defines "public engagement"
Review the current status of professionalization
Learn how different institutions are approaching the issue of professionalization
Discuss the pros and cons of professionalization
Identify skills and training required for success in this field
Anticipated outputs from this workshop include an agreed-upon shared language of common terms, along with some basic frameworks (and potentially a white paper) that will lead towards a greater definition of the internal and external structures necessary to codify public engagement with science as a legitimate professional field. YouTube video: Professionalization of Public Engagement
3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Plenary Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Director of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and interim Director of the National Science Foundation Broader Impacts Coming out of COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities