In 2012 the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning in partnership with the Division of Outreach and Engagement and the Research Office began to develop a strategy for institutionalizing efforts to deliver high quality societal benefits, or “broader impacts”, associated with federal investments in the OSU research enterprise. Since that time funding agencies, including the NSF, have reaffirmed their commitment to broader impacts; in response, OSU has continued to evolve its efforts. In May of 2015 Scott Reed and Ron Adams officially launched the OSU Research Impacts Network (ORIN). The Center serves as convener and a hub for ORIN work.

Timeline:

  • 2012 – Campus-wide Broader Impacts Convening with 65 faculty members from across campus.
  • 2013-2014 – Recommendations from the 2012 convening for institutional action submitted to the Research Office; recommendations revised by a small team; new recommendations included establishment of the OSU Research Impacts Network (ORIN).  A one page description of ORIN can be found here
  • 2015 – Scott Reed, Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement and Ron Adams, Interim Vice President for Research officially launch ORIN with a letter to the Provost’s Council requesting nominations for network participants.  Self-nominations were also encouraged.
  • May 2015 – ORIN’s first gathering with 48 participants, including staff and faculty from 8 colleges, 3 administrative divisions and 4 other units on campus. 
  • June 2015 – Core operating committee for ORIN is established to include faculty and staff from across campus. 
  • August-September 2015 – Core operating group works to design a process to 1) assess OSU capacities and assets with regard to impacts; 2) develop a work plan for 2015-2016; and 3) creates an evaluation protocol for ORIN. 
  • October 2015  A second ORIN campus-wide gathering was held on October 8, 2015.