How to Measure Successes in Research Engagements with NGOs

Abstract: Some academics choose to socially embed themselves in Non-Government Organizations towards a bidirectional relationship of providing expertise towards a current world issue in the fields of telecommunications policy, privacy, environmental justice, energy, and developing nations. Traditionally measuring the impact of this kind of activity has been a complex endeavor. The CEPS team provide introductions to case based studies they have been engaged in with the hope of shedding light on quantitative and qualitative measures of their engagement with NGOs, demonstrating successful partnerships. Request 25-35 min slot (5people x 7min talk)

Katina Michael’s involvement with government and non-government organizations in technology realm

Katina Michael’s involvement with government and non-government organizations in technology realm

2019 Social Embeddedness Network Conference

University Initiatives and Educational Outreach and Student Services (EOSS) are pleased to bring you the 2019 Social Embeddedness Network conference.


Participants will engage in a variety of breakout sessions and workshops that are designed to coalesce our network, share strategies for forging meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with the community, and to generate institutional dialogue about how to advance socially embedded research, teaching, student development and practice at ASU.

This year, we offer a robust schedule of presenters and topics. Note that space is limited for some breakout sessions, so please register ASAP to ensure you can attend the sessions that most align with your area of community engagement. (Presenters must also register.)

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 1:00am to 9:00am

Price: Free

Campus: Tempe campus

Location: Memorial Union, Ventana Ballroom

Contact: Danyel Chleborad

Conference Agenda:

9:00 - 9:45am: Opening Plenary w/ Watts College Dean Jonathan Koppell (Ventana)
10:00 - 10:30am: Session Block A - a series of 3-4 rapid Lightning Talks
10:45 - 11:30am: Session Block B - Solutions Showcase presentations
11:45 - 12:45pm: Networking Lunch (Ventana)
1:00 - 1:45pm: Session Block C - Solutions Showcases/Communities of Practice
2:00 - 2:45pm: Session Block D - Solutions Showcases/Communities of Practice
3:00 - 4:00pm: Conference reflection in groups w/ Conference Artist-in-Residence (Ventana)

Breakout session tracks

  • Strengthening the Education Continuum: This track will explore how various initiatives at ASU are working to achieve any of the following: 1) improve the K12 pipeline so more students can continue on to post-secondary education, 2) increase completion rates among those pursuing post-secondary credentials, 3) increase access to post-secondary education, or 4) align post-secondary education to Arizona’s workforce needs.

  • Arts/Culture/Design-based Equitable Community Development: The strategic integration of arts, culture and design into equitable, comprehensive community development and the inclusion of artists, designers and culture bearers in this work are essential to more just communities where all people can thrive. What initiatives are involved in arts/culture/design based equitable community development? What community issues are these initiatives taking on? What challenges do people involved in this work face? What are ethical considerations in this type of socially embedded work? This track will explore these questions and provide opportunities for people engaged in the work to offer and receive thought partnership on critical issues. 

  • Meaningful Metrics for Measuring Impact: How can we measure the impact of our projects and of ASU at-large? This track will stimulate reflection, exploration and solution-creation to build community, elevate our social embeddedness institutional identity, and work towards creating maximum impact through measuring what matters.

  • Engaging Students in Social Change: Our ASU students are engaged in a wide range of projects and activities for social change in our communities. How can we best create conditions that ensure students are engaging in work that is equitable, sustainable, and impactful for the communities in which they serve? This track will explore potential solutions to common challenges, from off-campus transportation solutions to maximizing event attendance to cultivating students’ lens for equity and justice.

  • Other 

Breakout session formats

  • Lightning Talks (5-7 mins): Lighting Talks are designed to rapidly expose attendees to a wide variety of socially embedded initiatives throughout ASU. Lightning talks include a quick overview or summary of an initiative accompanied by slides. (What problem does the initiative address? Who is involved? How was it designed? What are the outcomes/next steps?)

  • Solutions Showcase (45 mins): Solutions Showcase sessions will exhibit tools, effective strategies or promising practices for working in communities, with community partners, and/or addressing social issues. These sessions will focus on introducing attendees to these resources and engaging them in discussion about how to replicate or expand on your successes within their own context. 

  • Community of Practice (75-90 mins): Community of Practice sessions are intended to coalesce and advance a network of ASU colleagues around a particular topic or challenge related to social embeddedness. Sessions will focus on defining shared goals, producing deliverables, and planning courses of action.

Citation: Darshan Karwat, Faheem Hussain, Kirk Jalbert, Laura Hosman, Katina Michael, “How to Measure Successes in Research Engagements With Non-Governmental Organizations”, Social Embeddedness Network Conference 2019.