Are We Making a Difference? How to Design BPC Research to Demonstrate Impact
Thursday, September 19, 2019 — 1:45PM - 2:45PM
The NSF has communicated the importance of Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) by including BPC as a required component of proposals across the Computer and Information Science and Engineering core programs. This call to action creates a need for collective understanding of how to demonstrate the impact of BPC initiatives through research. Through our experience in conducting a large-scale national computing inclusion project, the STARS Computing Corps program, we address three overarching challenges specific to conducting BPC research: experimental design, managing research costs, and measuring longitudinal impact with credible evidence. In this workshop, we share the qualitative and quantitative research framework that supports the STARS model, describe the approaches toward BPC research challenges, and interactively discuss the challenges and lessons learned from our practice. We will engage workshop participants in generating research questions and crafting designs for their BPC initiatives through small and large group activities.