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Baseline data resources

When a grant is funded, investigators are expected to deliver what they propose. It is therefore important to base broader impact goals on real (and realistic) data wherever possible. Below are some suggestions to get you started.

  • UTK Fact Book– UT’s online Fact Book is made available to provide an official source of information on students, faculty and staff, budget and finances, and university resources. The data in this book reflect inclusive figures for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the Institute of Agriculture, and the Space Institute.
  • “Kids Count Data Center” Use this tool to select from a number of Tennessee indicators, or build a custom indicator report for your community. Data provided by National KIDS COUNT and the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
  • NEA Arts & Livability Indicators (added July 2015) The briefs and county data tables presented in this dataset draw from the following four sources: American Community Survey (Census Bureau); County Business Patterns (Census Bureau); Uniform Crime Reports (FBI); and Occupational Employment Survey (OES). Indicators assess change across four dimensions: (1) Residents’ attachment to community; (2) Quality of life; (3) Local economic conditions; and (4) Arts and cultural activity.
  • The Knowledge Base (formerly the ISE Evidence Wiki) (added February 2016) A collaboratively generated resource designed to streamline access to and share qualitative and quantitative evidence about the impacts of informal STEM learning on a range of audiences in a variety of settings. Articles in the Knowledge Base are intended to be data-supported claims that can be referenced when developing proposals or “making the case” for a strategy or approach to funders and stakeholders, as well as to see what is known and emerging in the field.

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