Collective Impact for Broadening Participation

Monday 2:45pm Ritchie Hall: 368
Oral Session Part of Monday B: Earth Connections


Cassie Xu, Columbia University in the City of New York
Margie Turrin, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
In this presentation, we will explore how a collective impact framework can be used to create meaningful partnerships that lead to more impactful student development and broadening participation efforts in STEM.

Borrowing from our NSF INCLUDES pilot project, we will introduce our collective impact framework has come together and demonstrate how program partners from formal learning environments (i.e. higher education institutions and K-12 school systems), informal learning organizations (i.e. museums, science centers), and educational non-profits (i.e. parks) have successfully worked together over the last 1.5 years to develop new pilot programming grounded in research, pedagogy, and assessments.

We will discuss, with examples from our own research, the mechanisms that were needed to set up this framework, provide examples of how these collective impact efforts have led to program implementation, and how these partnerships can have positive implications for STEM education efforts going forward. Specific discussion questions will cover the following topics:
1. What is collective impact, what are the components, and why they provide a helpful model for student development and broadening participation efforts in STEM?
2. What are the mutually reinforcing activities that are needed in collective impact?
3. How has this framework led to impact for program partners and how have reinforcing feedback loops to greater organizational capacity to reach more students?
4. What are the resources/products that have been created as a result of collective impact and how can they be used in different contexts with different partners?

Presentation Media

Presentation - Cassie Xu, Monday B (Acrobat (PDF) 2.6MB Jul15 18)