STEP 1: Choose your goals and objectives
Pick one or more of these from the NSF Guidelines (2013):
- Full participation of women, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
- Improved STEM education and educator development at any level
- Increased public scientific literacy and public engagement with science and technology
- Improved well-being of individuals in society
- Development of a diverse, globally competitive STEM workforce
- Increased partnerships between academia, industry, and others
- Improved national security
- Increased economic competitiveness of the United States
- Enhanced infrastructure for research and education
STEP 2: Create activities based on your goals and objectives
Include as many activities as you need—there is no set number of activities that you MUST include.
STEP 3: Choose an evaluation method that fits your goals, objectives, and activities. You might want to consider hiring a professional evaluator to design and/or evaluate your broader impacts activities. If necessary, choose an evaluation method for each part of your broader impacts plan. Some evaluation methods to consider are surveys, interviews, observations, tests, and case studies. Remember to do both formative and summative evaluation.
STEP 1: State your goals and objectives
STEP 2: Describe your activities in detail—include information about your collaborators and existing resources that will help you implement your plans.
STEP 3: Describe how you will evaluate your activities—include information on internal and external evaluators and methods and tools to be used.
STEP 4: Ask yourself these questions:
- Have I clearly stated what I want to do?
- Have I clearly stated why I want to do it?
- Have I clearly stated how I plan to do it?
- Have I clearly stated how I will measure success?
- Have I clearly stated what the benefits will be if the project is successful?
STEP 5: Get Funded!!!