Public Impact Research and Teaching

The BGSU Center for Public Impact is committed to supporting research and teaching practices that have a public impact.  Below are some key definitions of public impact research and teaching and corresponding resources available at BGSU to support your public impact efforts.

What are public impact research and teaching?

Public impact-focused research refers to a body of research and engagement activities whose central purpose is benefit to the public. Characteristics of public impact research include:

  • A broad range of participation and engagement, which might include external stakeholders, experts, university researchers, students, or members of the community.
  • Creation of new knowledge or understanding with a central purpose of any particular PIR project being to benefit the public – and often the interest of a particular community.
  • Involvement of researchers from multiple disciplines.
  • Either short (1-3 years) or longer duration.
  • Outcomes of such research may be transitioned to commercial or non-profit organizations or to particular communities for actual deployment in the ‘real world’.

Read the public impact-focused research report

Teaching that has a public impact involves faculty and students in activities and experiences that resonate beyond student learning to impact communities.  Specific pedagogy such as community-based learning (also known as service-learning), other forms of experiential learning, and project-based learning can be ways to structure a course or program to create public impact.