Philosophy of Impact

AKA “Research on the Broader Impacts of Basic Science: Gauging the State of the Art”

This is a 2 year National Science Foundation EAGER grant (Award #1445121) involving a six person team: Frodeman + Briggle plus

In this project we will

—Survey the broader impacts literature in order to evaluate existing approaches to characterizing the broader impacts of science. In particular, we want to get up to date on what research teams, and what governmental initiatives, are currently out there.

—Then we’ll match this with what governments say they want, looking for matches and mismatches.

—We also want to critique the black-boxing of assumptions and point out the contradictions within these efforts (e.g., timeline and attribution issues, the problem of negative impacts).

We are not going to ignore economic measures, but much of our focus will be on a) metrics and b) approaches to understanding social, environmental, and cultural aspects. We also have $$ for a workshop which we will be organizing in short order.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 1353796 & 1445121. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.