Broader Impacts Resources

Useful resources to help you learn more about broader impacts and develop your broader impacts plan.

This page contains a collection of useful Broader Impacts resources.  If you know of other resources which are not listed here, please contact us and let us know.


Broader Impacts Resources from the NSF

NSF Overview of Broader Impacts – A guide from the NSF’s Office of Integrative Activities

Perspective on Broader Impacts – Proceedings from the 2014 Broader Impacts Summit held in Arlington, VA, this downloadable PDF document provides an overview of the history of the NSF’s Broader Impacts Criterion and their views at the time of the conference.

NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedure Guide (PAPPG) – The most recent version (effective Jan. 2016), as a downloadable/printable PDF.


NABI – The National Alliance for Broader Impacts

NABI’s Website

Broader Impacts Guiding Principles – A collection of guiding principles, questions and answers designed to assist researchers preparing proposals, as well as NSF program directors and review panelists.


Additional Broader Impacts Resources

COSEE Broader Impacts Wizard – Resource from COSEE (Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence) which takes users through a five-step process to create a BI statement.


Evaluation/Assessment Resources

Duke SSRI Applied Research and Evaluation – Evaluation resources and services from Duke’s Social Sciences Research Institute

Duke Office of Assessment – Resources from the institutional research arm of the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences – Strategies and resources from an international collaboration to improve evaluation practice and theory by sharing and generating information about evaluation options (methods or processes) and approaches

Evaluation Flash Cards – An excellent primer on program evaluation strategies and concepts developed by Michael Quinn Patton, an independent evaluation consultant with 40 years of experience conducting evaluations, training evaluators, and writing about ways to make evaluation useful, and former president of the American Evaluation Association.  Citation Reference: Patton, Michael Quinn (2014). Evaluation Flash Cards: Embedding Evaluative Thinking in Organizational Culture. St. Paul, MN: Otto Bremer Foundation,


Other Broader Impacts Offices & Centers

The Connector – University of Missouri

Broader Impacts in Research – University of Oklahoma

SP@ISU (Strengthening the Professoriate at ISU) – Iowa State University

The Science Center – Brown University

Broader Impacts Resource Connector – Carnegie Mellon University

Broader Impacts Resource Center – Penn State University