Migrating My Services

Hi Everyone,

Super excited about how Research Impact Enterprises (RIE) is coming along. A lot of new things, services, and initiatives are in the works!

After much contemplation and thinking about how to provide the best services to others. I have decided to migrate my broader impacts services into the RIE platform.

What does this mean for those who I serve? Nothing at the moment and no increase in the price for service.

I will keep you posted as I begin to provide my services through RIE!

Have a good rest of your week everyone!

Making Progress

Happy 4th everyone to for my Canadian friends and colleagues happy post Canada Day!

I just wanted to take a moment an say that Research Impact Enterprises (RIE) is making progress and I am super excited about it!

Among other things, we finally got our website up, https://www.research-impact-enterprises.com. It is still not been optimized for mobile but that should be accomplished in the not too distant future!

We also have started a new publication venue called, “THE RIE NURON”! NURON stands for Notes, Updates, Research, Opinion, and News,  https://www.research-impact-enterprises.com/the-nuron.

Given that I like writing, copy-writing, blogging, etc., I find this addition to be very exhilarating! I believe that there can be so much value added here!

Well that’s it for today and back to the festivities!!!!

Research Into the Effects and Affects of Broader Impacts and Research Impact Initiatives

For the last twenty-five years there has been an increased emphasis on the importance of broader impacts. Mostly in part to the establishment of the broader impacts criterion instituted by the National Science Foundation (NSF). However, there is a limited amount of information provided on the importance, affects, and effects of broader impacts.

So, below I have provided an on-going qualitative and quantitative studies snapshot of the affects and effects of broader impacts and research impact initiatives…

When quality of all proposal aspects are controlled, data being collected suggest that those who have and work with a seasoned institutional broader impacts office or specialist are 5 to 16% more likely to receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) award compared to those who don’t have access to these resources. This award range depends on how, when, and the frequency that broader impacts help is indirectly or directly provided for a NSF proposal. Whether this is permanent after the sunset of these offices or a specialist leaves an institution remains unclear.

Those with institutional broader impacts offices or well-developed broader impact networks at their colleges and universities also appear to have an overall increase in faculty, student, administrator, research, community, societal, business, and industry engagement.

Anecdotal evidence highly suggest that these offices and networks 1) become a hub of communication for an institution, 2) help to increase the quality of mentorship and training of undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, and faculty and 3) help to increase the number of individual and large collaborative proposals submitted by faculty to a variety of foundations and agencies other than NSF.

It is speculated that one of the reasons all the stated above happens is that the implementation of  broader impacts in concept and practice acts as a catalyst for culture change at a college or university. Aside from speculation, having a centralized broader impacts or research impact office that works on behalf of an entire institution sends a signal to a variety of societal communities and all university and college institutional members that societal members outside of the Academy walls are valued, important, and a high priority.

The take home message is that having an institutionally supported visible and viable mechanism or entity guiding impact, broader impacts, or research impact is not only beneficial for the research enterprise and those in the Academy but also important for the public’s perception of and interaction with academic institutions.

Graduation Advice

It is graduation time again. A time when hopes, angst, nervousness, excitement, dreams, career aspirations, desires, and a host of other emotions meet with reality. The reality of figuring out what is next and how to survive and hopefully thrive.

Every year during this time you hear tons of people giving advice at ceremonies, celebrations, and other events collectively and individually. Some of it will be good or bad and some of it irrelevant during these changing times. Much of it will only be figured out in hindsight.

So, as I sit here and think about what single piece of advice I can give to both those who are graduating and those who will train the next set of upcoming graduates… Advice that is relevant, only you will be able to determine if it is good.

This is what I have to say –

“Adequate Mentorship is Vital for Development, Whereas Adequate Sponsorship Gets You Through the Door”

What is Academic Research Impact (ARI)?

“Academic Research Impact (ARI) is a positive or negative immediate, future, or far future affect, effect, contribution to, or influence on a wide-range of topics, behavior, phenomena, individuals, communities, and systems that happen inside and outside the Academy as a result of academic research inputs, outputs, mid-, intermediate-, and long-term outcomes achieved through different types and intensities of engagement at any level involving a variety of people, stakeholders, and end users”.

Progression of the ARI phenomena tends to start Internally and move  Externally. Internal aspects meaning in proximity of and inherent to the Academy’s research, scholarly, and creative activity enterprise. External aspects are primarily considered to be with and for the public and society.

What are Impact Ecosystems?

Human Impact Ecosystems, aka “Impact Ecosystems” are the culmination of interconnected networks of people and communities, their specific connections with other people, places, and things, how they all interact, and the anticipated and unanticipated results or influence perceived through those interactions in a particular unit of physical and social space and time.

Academic Research Impact Ecosystem Theory

What happens when you combine?

(1) Installation Theory – A synthetic theory to explain how humans construct systems that support and format individual behavior, by Saadi Lahlou,

(2) Theory of Change (TOC),

(3) Logic models, and

(4) Our working inclusive definition of Academic Research Impact – A marked positive, negative, and (in theory neutral) immediate, future, or far future effect or influence that happens inside the Academy and across disciplines on conceptual/theoretical understanding, expenditures, methods, applications, instruments, bibliometrics, attitudes, beliefs, values, perceptions, or capacity building and outside of the Academy on quality of life, health, economy, society/social, environments, policies, attitudes, beliefs, values, perceptions, services, cultures, laws, or technologies that is affiliated, associated, or in combination with, done through or generated as a result of direct and indirect academic research inputs, outputs, and mid-intermediate-long-term outcomes that are either aggregated or disaggregated in conjunction with different types and intensities of engagement at the individual, community, local, state, regional, national, and global level involving a variety of people, stakeholders, and end users.

You get a working Academic Research Impact Ecosystem Theory (picture below and still a work-in-progress) that helps: one to consider what is needed when thinking about Academic Research Impact Management; predict system to individual research impact behavior; plan Academic Research Impact; research impact accountability; and characterizing how Academic Research Impact progresses at an individual, micro, meso, and macro-level.

More to come soon!