Looking ahead to our check-in meeting this Thursday, during which I will be discussing with your the mentoring program plan timeline and activities, we willing additionally be setting aside a few minutes for you all to complete an online form, which poses questions about mentoring program needs.
Prior to Thursday, I’d like for everyone to consider the following broad topics, which build on questions posed during the ongoing Makerspace Impact Indicators Development interviews:
How/by what means do you/does your makerspace create positive impact (specific activities, programs, resources, etc.)?
What information do you currently use or collect for the purpose of communicating that positive impact?
When communicating that positive impact, who are your audiences (example: government officials, funding agencies, executive university administrators/accreditation bodies, etc.)?
Understanding that there are varying levels of research engagement and capacity across the cohort, I want to reassure everyone that the data you collect to measure and report positive impact can be anything from community dialogs and surveys, to personal interviews, to writing down the number of people who show up for a workshop you’re offering.
The mentors I am working with to build a program to meet your needs includes individuals with a broad range of expertise in scholarly and practical/applied community research; the more detailed you can be in your responses to the form we’ll be completing on Thursday, the better matches we can make for support you may need.
I look forward to seeing you all soon! Feel free to ask any questions in this thread (instead of an email directly to me) - you are likely not the only one thinking about it, so having the conversation threaded here will be of a benefit to the entire IMA cohort.