Create BI Program

Create a Broader Impacts Program – Planning, Implementing, and Writing


STEP 1: Start a year in advance or as early as possible, the earlier the better. Contact individuals at your institution or contact me for a consultation/s to help take you through the details of each step and obtain other BI resources.

STEP 2: Do some background reading to get a basic understanding about broader impacts in general and for NSF’s BI criterion. Review the “How to Use” the Broader Impacts Conceptual Framework (BICF) and NSF Faculty BI power point slides. I will be providing these slides on this website in the near future.

STEP 3: Determine the origin of your broader impacts and BI identity (i.e., your identity through your research, teaching, service/outreach, etc, or combination).

STEP 3a: Pick one or more of the following from the NSF BI 1-9 Guidelines (any Agency, Foundation, etc., BI or societal benefiting guidelines can be inserted here, i.e., NIH):

STEP 4: Determine if your broader impacts program focus will be in the state (ranging from your university to statewide), or regional (statewide to multi-states), or national (multi-states to all states), or international (beyond your country). Remember that your BI program will evolve/change as you develop and embrace your BI identity. Concurrently your BI activities may and will reflect that change.

STEP 5: Create activities based on your BI identity, program goals, and objectives. Be sure to include collaborators and / or stakeholders during this process.

Include as many activities as you need—there is no set number of activities you MUST include but the activities MUST be of high quality.

STEP 6: Choose an evaluation method that fits your goals, objectives, and activities. If necessary, you might want to consider hiring a professional evaluator to design and/or evaluate your broader impacts activities. Choose an evaluation method for each part of your broader impacts program. Some evaluation methods to consider are surveys, interviews, observations, tests, and case studies. Remember to do both formative and summative evaluations. 


STEP 1: Start your broader impacts program (contact your local BI representative at your institution or me for a consultation/s for more clarification on these steps).

STEP 2: Collect broader impacts program pilot data.

STEP 3: Begin to determine the success of the program and related activities.


STEP 1: Make sure that you are writing the parts of your BI program and identity that are relevant for the agency, foundation, etc., solicitation. Remember that how you write your BI activities, program and identity is dependent on the agency, foundation, etc. For NSF, review the NSF BI Plan Review Sheet and contact your institutional BI representative or me for a consultation/s to obtain more clarification on these steps (the review sheet will be provided on this website soon).

STEP 2: State your BI goals and objectives and describe how they fit into the bigger picture.

STEP 3: Describe your BI program activities in detail—include information about your collaborators and existing resources that will or have helped you to implement your plans.

STEP 4: Describe how you will or have evaluated your program’s activities—include information on internal and external evaluators and methods and tools used or to be used.

STEP 5: Remember to ask yourself these questions when writing (especially for NSF):

STEP 6: Meet with your institutional representative, etc., or me as needed to review your proposal.

STEP 7: Apply for and obtain funding.

Note: Please contact me for any clarification and details on steps.

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