Stream 1: Impact of Changemaker (Social Innovation) Education

Co-Chairs: Wray Irwin (University of Northampton) and Matthew T. A. Nash (Duke University)

This theme is designed to feature research measuring and highlighting the impact of changemaker and/or social innovation education.

As we face a world where the only constant is change, educational systems, practices, policies, and pedagogies must adapt to better prepare students for this future. Social innovation can be embedded throughout academic and co-curricular activities to develop students with essential changemaking skills. Social innovation can also be leveraged for institutional transformation. Colleges and universities around the world have begun to integrate social innovation throughout curriculum and across campus. How do we know if this work has been successful? What can faculty, staff, students, leaders, and policymakers learn from these academic and institutional changes? What are some promising practices? How can resources be most effectively allocated? What changes lead to the greatest impact?

This theme will highlight research seeking to answer such questions.

The focus on impact may be thought of via three (3) levels of measurement:

1. Direct Delivery Students

  • How satisfied were you with the quality of this class? Employers: How satisfied were you with the quality of program graduates? What is the quality of projects or other deliverables produced? What learning outcomes have been achieved (e.g., knowledge, skills, motivations, behaviour change)?
  • Employers: How satisfied were you with the quality of program graduates? What is the quality of projects or other deliverables produced? What learning outcomes have been achieved (e.g., knowledge, skills, motivations, behaviour change)?
  • What is the quality of projects or other deliverables produced? What learning outcomes have been achieved (e.g., knowledge, skills, motivations, behaviour change)?

2. System Change

  • What systems have changed because of changemaker education? How do you know?
  • How do you know?

3. Framework Change

  • Are people thinking/doing differently? Are people influencing others?
  • Are people influencing others?

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Measures to assess and promote system change (independent replication, changing societal norms & mindsets, changing public policy, changing market dynamics & value chains, and enabling a culture of changemaking)
  • Measures to assess and promote framework change
  • Integration of impact evaluation strategies and measures into strategic planning
  • Communicating impact evidence
  • Leveraging impact evidence
  • Development and measurement of student-learning outcomes
  • Development of programmatic and/or institutional outcomes
  • Principles that enable research to effect change
  • Evaluating changemaking research
  • Best practices in assessment
  • Impact of changemaking on pedagogies and teaching and learning practices
  • Impact of changemaker education curriculum, programs, and/or strategy on student and/or community outcomes
  • Impact of changemaker education on workforce development
  • Impact of changemaker education on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and/or other global issues Promising practices of assessing learning outcomes and developing impact measures from related fields such as service learning and civic engagement
  • Promising practices of assessing learning outcomes and developing impact measures from related fields such as service learning and civic engagementOther topics related to the impact of changemaker (social innovation) education are welcome.

Other topics related to the impact of changemaker (social innovation) education are welcome.


Submitting Your Proposal

We invite 250-word proposals in English (or other formats that clearly express the key ideas and components of the presentation) from educators, practitioners, Ashoka Fellows, Change Leaders, and others with interests and experience in the world of changemaking.

We encourage proposals for presentations, workshops, and other creative formats (suitable for on-line sessions) for brief sessions that will engage the delegates and encourage discussion and collaboration.

Note: Presenters must limit their sessions to 15 minutes.

Submission Deadline: Proposals are due May 31, 2022.

Please submit your proposal to [email protected] and using the subject line:

Subject: CERF 2022 Proposal: Stream 1

Proposal Guidelines:

Proposals must be written in English and should be sent in a Microsoft Word of PDF format.