Societal Impact

“Societal impact” is the effect of research in the real world – a change or benefit beyond academia to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, and the environment or quality of life.

Societal Impact Scholars at Purdue

To learn how to integrate Societal Impact within the Discovery Mission Area, watch Dr. Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth discuss her approach to addressing Societal Impact within her research.
To learn how to integrate Societal Impact within the Engagement Mission Area, watch Dr. Stacey Connaughton discuss her approach to addressing Societal Impact within her Engagement activities.
To learn how to integrate Societal Impact within the Teaching and Learning Mission Area, watch Dr. Lynn Bryan discuss her approach to addressing Societal Impact within her Scholarship of Teaching.

Purdue Advancing Research Impact in Society

The Purdue Advancing Research Impact in Society (PARIS) mission is to strengthen the connections between Purdue University research and its impact outside of the academy. To that aim, we work with faculty and staff across mission areas to build capacity, advance scholarship, engage partners, and increase extramural funding for research impact work. PARIS provides professional development pathways to: a) help faculty and staff understand their RI identity, b) build relationships with RI partners, and c) develop impactful RI plans for inclusion in research proposals.

Professional Development

Campus-based programming and consultations to develop research impacts plans, skills, and networks.

Internal Resources

Resources available at Purdue West Lafayette to establish, assess, and enhance research impacts.

External Resources

External tools, conferences, and awards to support and recognize research impacts.