Broader Impacts Bootcamp: Translating Your Research For Social Change
Relevate is a community of relationship scholars, educators, and practitioners who have worked over the last 9 years to develop strategies for bridging the gap between public opinion and scientific consensus. Relevate was created in response to widespread calls for increased public access to trustworthy, evidence-based information about issues that affect people’s daily lives. In this preconference workshop, we welcome our colleagues to engage in a practical, hands-on session designed to build attendees' knowledge and confidence with a range of effective tools for translating science and engaging with communities on issues about which they care (i.e., public scholarship).
Public scholarship expands the social impact of our research, practice, and teaching through supporting community needs, influencing policy and practice, increasing the visibility of specific social issues, and facilitating innovation through the exchange of ideas and resources. As a result, funders are increasingly interested in public scholarship as an avenue for ensuring evidence-based research addressing pressing social issues is shared with the communities who will use it to advance change.
Despite its importance, there are notable barriers to engaging in public scholarship (e.g., lack of time and training). Presenters of this hands-on workshop will present a spectrum of public scholarship activities along a continuum of involvement that can accommodate the constraints, roles, and goals of emerging through experienced scholars.
Specifically, this workshop will include
- information on the theories and spectrum of public scholarship;
- specific examples of how public scholarship can be integrated into teaching, research, and practice;
- steps for creating effective science communication messaging;
- strategies for tailoring public scholarship efforts to specific audiences; and
- how to use the newly redesigned MyRelevate website (www.myrelevate.com) to organize, disseminate, and track public scholarship efforts.
Attendees will receive coaching in small groups as they use this information to practice (a) integrating public scholarship into their current roles, projects, and passions, (b) translate their knowledge into effective science communication messaging through a variety of formats, (c) and develop a personalized public engagement plan that outlines their audience, intended outcomes, and indicated specific public scholarship activities.
By attending this workshop, participants will:
- Identify specific ways to use public scholarship to broaden the impact of their current roles, projects, and passions.
- Use science communication best practices to write specific talking points in their expertise area for use in a variety of formats and settings.
- Create a plan for enhancing their public engagement that matches target audiences with specific public scholarship strategies to maximize outcomes.
Amber Vennum, Ph.D., LMFT, CFLE, Associate Professor of Couple and Family Therapy at Kansas State University and Executive Director of Relevate
Kale Monk, Ph.D., CFLE, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Missouri
Tyler Jamison, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, University of New Hampshire
Jeremy Kanter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Child and Family Studies, University of Tennessee- Knoxville
Denzel Jones, Ph.D., MFT, Assistant Professor, Couple & Family Therapy, Antioch University
Loren Taylor, M.S., doctoral student at Kansas State University
Organized by the Families & Community Education Section, Family Policy Section, and Family Therapy Section