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.

This 7-session track will run concurrent to the 2020 Exchange.

Day One | Thursday, April 16, 2020 

10:30AM – 11:45AM     Landscape Studies and how to Communicate them

Presenters in this session will present data from two research studies: social impact programming across American higher-education institutions and a landscape survey of social entrepreneurship / social innovation education across 66 business schools. They will draw out trends that will be relevant for a wide audience and discuss how best practices for effectively communicating the results of such research studies.

1:45PM – 3:00PM       Research Agenda(s) for Social Innovation on Changemaker Campuses: Disciplinary and positional perspectives

Presenters will share different models for guiding research and faculty engagement that will address: individual positions and fields, our larger university/campus context, how to address/tackle research questions, and how these can represent pathways for academics and faculty themselves as changemakers.

3:30PM – 4:45PM      Community-Based Action Research as a Change Strategy: Considering Equity, Power and Impact

This session will dive deep into action research as a paradigm of inquiry that has transformative potential for knowledge creation. Action research encompasses a variety of research designs that tend to be participatory, grounded and evolving, and that tackle real-world problems to advance human well-being and the emancipation of participants.

Day Two | Friday, April 17, 2020 

10:30AM – 11:45AM     Ashoka CM Assessment Tool

Description forthcoming.

1:45PM – 3:00PM       Evaluation for Changemaker Education

This session will feature impact and evaluation tools developed for changemaker education, as well as approaches for implementation. Speakers will show how educators can use research and evaluation to inform educational design, put students in charge of their learning, and grow thoughtful changemaker education across campuses.

3:30PM– 4:45PM        Meet the Editors

In this Meet The Editors session, a panel of three or four academic journal editors will discuss what it takes to publish social innovation research in their journals. They will offer overviews of their respective journals, highlight the types of research they accept, and offer tips for aspiring researchers that may be considering their journal as an outlet for publication.

Day Three | Saturday, April 18, 2020 

11:00AM – 12:15PM       Community Engaged Research

Description forthcoming.

12:30PM – 1:30PM         Closing Reception