The (BICF) Broader Impacts Lexicon
This is an abbreviated collection of explanations that begins to provide a common language when discussing, practicing, understanding, and better articulating the dimensions of broader impacts (BI). *Expect more definitions to be added and the current definitions may be subject to modification to ensure clarity and consistency.
Broader Impact/s (BI) – A process with people/stakeholders to achieve a societal benefit that is measured or assessed and is accomplished in a finite amount of time. This can be with/through research, teaching, public/service, outreach, many other areas, and etc. This is a two way or multiple benefit in which faculty also benefit. Similar to obtaining Societally Centric Beneficial Engaged Outcomes (SCBEO).
Broader Impacts Activity (BIA) – Is a planned pursuit, experience, type of engagement, action, function, work, specific deed/s accomplished with stakeholders/ people to achieve a societal benefit in a finite period of time. BIA is part of one’s BI program and fits into one’s BI identity. This is what is done with the BI inputs. A BIA should be measured.
Broader Impacts Capacity (BIC) – The increasing ability to produce, perform, develop, deploy, benefit, experience, sustain, appreciate, affect, effect, and be competent in regards to having a broader impact/s.
Broader Impacts / Professional Identity (BII/PI) – Is who you are, the way you think about yourself, the way you are viewed by the world, and the characteristics that define you based off of a process/es with stakeholders/people to achieve a societal benefit that is measured or assessed and is accomplished in a finite amount of time. The non-academic definition is who you are and how you plan to engage and benefit others by leaving a legacy through your research, teaching, occupation, and/or service. Everyone has a BI identity.
Broader Impacts Inputs (BIIN) – The resources dedicated to or consumed from the planned pursuit, experience, type of engagement, action, function, work, specific deed/s for this process with stakeholders/people to achieve a societal benefit in a finite time. BI inputs are part of one’s BI program and fits into one’s BI identity. BI inputs should be measured.
Broader Impacts Outputs (BIO) – The direct products and services resulting from or of the BI inputs and BI activities during the process with stakeholders/people to achieve a societal benefit in a finite time. BIO is part of one’s BI program, fits into, and also evidence of one’s BI identity. BI outputs should be measured.
Broader Impacts Plan (BIPL) – a detailed proposal for intending, deciding, going, doing or achieving one’s broader impacts activities, broader impacts program, and/or broader impacts portfolio that supports one’s broader impacts identity.
Broader Impacts Portfolio (BIPO) – The total holdings, collection, grouping of broader impacts activities and programs of people, centers, programs, departments, schools, colleges, and university. This is one way to show the results of one/many or culmination of their broader impacts identity/ies.
Broader Impacts Program (BIPR) – The culmination of ones broader impacts inputs, activities, outputs, and the resulting outcomes that allows one to explain, demonstrate, show, provide proof to others of one’s developing or developed BI identity.
Broader Impacts Strategy (BIS) – A high-level carefully thought-out constructed BI plan or method of action, policy, and moves to accomplish a specific long-term BI goal. Typically fitting into a developing, highly developed, or mature BI identity.
Engagement- To occupy, attract, involve, get someone’s interest or attention, gain, capture, captivate, cause someone to be involved in, enter into an agreement, recruit, participate in, take part in, join in, become involved in, go in for, partake in/of, share in, and play a part/role in for a particular reason/s.
Impact- To have a strong effect on someone or something and/or the action of something coming into contact with another resulting in a benefit which can happen in an infinite amount of time. This does not have to be planned.
Indirect Broader Impacts (IBI) – A process with stakeholders/people to achieve a societal benefit that is measured or assessed and is accomplished in a finite amount of time that happened or is developed as a result of the initial broader impact.
Indirect Impact- A benefit that happened as a result from an initial impact that may not be planned and can happen in an infinite amount of time.
Narrower Impact/s (NI) – The opposite of BI. The opposite of BI. A process of going away from stakeholders/ people to achieve self-benefit without measuring under timed constraints. A result of those who refuse to embrace, develop, or are trying to minimize and erase their BI identity.
Negative Impact/s (NEI) – The opposite of impact. To have a strong effect on someone or something and/or the action of something coming into contact with another resulting in a disadvantage, harm, loss, impairment, or detriment which can happen in an infinite amount of time. This does not have to be planned. This typically can result as one obtains a narrower impact and seeking to minimize their BI identity.
Outcomes – Are benefits for stakeholders/people resulting from the broader impacts inputs, activities, and outputs that may but not limited- deal with changes in awareness, knowledge, learning, skills, attitudes, norms, behavior, decision-making, motivations, beliefs, values, capacities, linkages, or conditions of individuals, groups, organizations, systems, or communities. There can be short term, intermediate, and/or long term outcomes. Outcomes are measurable and measured and happen in a finite amount of time. These outcomes are evidence of someone’s developed or developing broader impact identity.
Outreach- To reach beyond, exceed, to reach out, extend, an act or instance of reaching out; length or extent of reach, the act of extending services, benefits, etc., to a wider section of the population. Outreach is just one type of way to engage.
Process – Is a systematic series of actions directed to some end; a continuous action, operation, or series of changes taking place in a definite manner; the action of going forward or on; noting or pertaining to a method or accomplishing something in some way i.e., like an set of experiences; a sequence of interdependent and linked procedures which at every stage consume one or more resources at every stage to go from inputs to outcomes.
Societal Benefit – Is an advantage, being of service to, improvement, profit, and/or gain to- individuals who are living as members of a community; large social groups, which can include their activities or their social relations; a highly structured social system for large-scale communities that may provide continuity, security, and a national identity for its members.
Stakeholders – A person, group, entity, or organization that is collaborating or participating with you or has interest or concern about/in your BI inputs, activities, outputs, programs, portfolio, identity as well as the outcomes.