Broader Impacts Research-Practice Partnerships Workshop

April 23, 2018 9:00AM to April 24, 2018 5:00PM
Professional Development
Research + Practice Collaboratory
Brown University (Providence, RI)
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If you are a scientist wanting to connect your broader impacts-science communication work with a longer-term learning research agenda, a learning scientist seeking to develop a collaborative study in an informal STEM learning context, or a science communication professional wanting to build on and contribute to the evidence base on the impacts of your work, this workshop is designed for you.

This NSF-funded workshop—focused on broader impacts projects addressing public engagement with science—will introduce you to an emerging approach to educational research called research-practice partnerships (RPPs). Over one-and-a-half days, you will develop a deeper understanding of what an RPP is, how to form and sustain one, and how to design an RPP project or proposal. Additionally, you will learn about:

  • Different forms of RPPs (NICs, DBIR, and Alliances)
  • Structures and mechanisms for maintaining a thriving RPP
  • Data collection within RPPs
  • Evaluating and documenting impacts of your RPP

The workshop will provide extended and structured time for you and your team to identify and refine the problem of practice your RPP project seeks to address, your core educational/impacts research questions, and the kinds of data you will need to collect to inform and improve your science communications approaches in a timely way while advancing theory over the long run. You will leave the workshop with a plan or outline for project or proposal that you can further develop as an established team.

We have funds to support your team’s travel and all workshop costs. Eligible teams will:

  • Consist of 3-4 individuals, including at least one scientist, one science communicator, and one learning scientist. Science communication researchers and community or educational partners may also join the team.
  • Have a basic idea of the shared area of interest or science communication activity that you want to develop and implement together.
  • Have a letter of support from the organization, department, or lab that is planning to lead the project or submit the proposal.

Preference will be given to projects prioritizing efforts to broaden participation in STEM by working with audiences historically under-represented in STEM fields.

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