Tips For Planning, Developing, and Implementing Higher Quality Broader Impact (BI) Programs
Anyone can say that they have developed or can develop a broader impacts (BI) program. However planning for, developing, executing, and showing that one has a High-Quality BI program takes time, insight, strategy, continual assessment, and collaboration with stakeholders / people. In many cases, High-Quality BI is what distinguishes good to very good proposals from excellent proposals.
So how do you move towards achieving and having a higher quality BI program? Provided below are three (3) things to consider along with some example programs/activities/initiatives to help you have or either move towards having a High-Quality BI program.
Tip I: Embrace the Broader Impacts Conceptual Framework (BICF)
BICF enables and helps faculty, researchers, administrators, staff, and students think and operate in a broader impacts paradigm. Among many of its other features, this framework reveals how BI is central and necessary to a university, research university, college, or institution in fulfilling its mission. This centrality also applies to any societal benefiting focused individual, entity, and organization.
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Tip II: Review Academic Research Impact (ARI) Ecosystem Theory
Academic Research Impact (ARI) Ecosystem Theory: An ecosystem-based working theory on what things to consider when thinking about Academic Research Impact Management, predicting system to individual-level research impact behavior, planning ARI, ARI Accountability, and characterizing how ARI progresses at an individual, micro, meso, and macro-level by combining:
(1)Installation Theory – A synthetic theory to explain how humans construct systems that support and format individual behavior, by Saadi Lahlou, 2017.
(2)Theory of Change (TOC),
(3) Logic models,
(4) The concept of Chaperones, and
(5) Working comprehensive ARI definition.
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Tip III: Understand that there is a “Spectrum of Broader Impacts Quality (SBIQ)”
Image 1 provides an very basic overview of SBIQ with examples of initiatives/programs/activities at the low and high-end of the spectrum. Hover on and click to enlarge image or click here.