Research and Evaluation Track

Changemaking is still emerging work in higher education. Research and evaluation on the design, efficacy, and impact of changemaker and social innovation education are critically needed to grow and scale this work. Similarly, engaging faculty from across disciplines in advancing social impact research in and with community, publishing, and translating those findings to practice are essential. This Track seeks to advance conversations and work at the nexus of theory, research, education, and practice.

Day One | Thursday, April 16, 2020 

11:00am – 12:00pm EDT  |  Community-Based Action Research as a Change Strategy: Considering Equity, Power and Impact

Panelists will dive into action-research as a paradigm of inquiry that has transformative potential for knowledge creation. Action-research encompasses many research designs including participatory, grounded and evolving and that tackle real-world problems to advance human flourishing. Developing transparent, mutually beneficial partnerships as a foundation for action research will be reviewed.

2:15pm – 3:15pm EDT  |  Social Impact Trends and Communicating Them to Those Who Matter

Three presentations will make up this panel. The first considers SI programming across American higher-education institutions. The second is a landscape survey of SI education across 66 business schools. These presentations will be followed by a third which considers SI communication through a case study of open science. Presenters will draw out trends from their experiences in SI programming, provide examples of SI implementation, and show effective SI communication.

Day Two | Friday, April 17, 2020 

11:00am – 12:00pm EDT  |  Meet the Editors

Learn about academic journals that publish social innovation research and meet the editors. Editors will introduce their journals, discuss factors to consider when choosing a journal, give advice on writing papers for successful publication, and highlight common pitfalls to avoid. The session includes journals from a variety of disciplines and is particularly relevant to early career researchers.

11:00am – 12:00pm EDT  |  Ashoka’s Changemaker Index

In today’s fast-changing world, value comes from adapting to change by taking risks and creating new solutions for the good of all— being a changemaker. We therefore need new measurements to demonstrate the value of changemaking skills. In this session, presenters will share the Changemaker Index, Ashoka’s beta tool for anyone interested in mapping where they are on their changemaking journey and assessing their strengths in various changemaking skills.

2:15pm – 3:15pm EDT  |  Experiences Evaluating Changemaker Education

In this interactive session, panelists and participants will explore approaches to assessing changemaker education. Panelists working in diverse institutional contexts will share unique assessment practices and reflect on how they have selected and used these tools. Participants will consider the relevance of such assessments in their work and have the opportunity to get peer feedback on their current assessment practices.

3:45pm – 4:45pm EDT  |  Research as a Tool for Social Change and Innovation

Universities are increasingly looking for ways to effectively generate knowledge, address social and ecological issues, and fulfill their academic and civic purposes. Presenters will share research tools and examples from traditional approaches and community engaged research. The session will conclude with a call to action for Ashoka: to infuse and align change making efforts with relevant research initiatives and opportunities.