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One thought on “Leave Feedback for Goal 3: Make a Significant and Visible Societal Impact”
First take stock of the amazing projects that are funded by State of Illinois (IBHE, IDHS, etc) that are awarded (often for decade or more) to the university and which provide timely and critical information to citizens locally, in the state and nationally. Examples include The Autism Project, Early Intervention Clearinghouse, Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map and more. These provide critical web-based resources to citizens, teachers, families who have young children with and without special needs. They have rarely been promoted by campus and are “hidden” gems that also bring in considerable external funding. Relevant impact factors include: web usage, most highly accessed topics, number of Illinois families reached, impact statements from Illinois residents and influence of projects and staff on state and national policy making. Projects such as these make an impact and documenting their impact is one step to increasing visibility of what UIUC does for Illinois.
Second, provide a faculty development program that focuses specifically on increasing the impact of faculty projects and research on improving and enhancing socially relevant services to citizens locally. this could be similar to the NCSA fellows project that brings together across disciplines faculty who engage in impact research and faculty with expertise in measuring and communicating impact.