Research Partnerships

Partner with Us

We have worked with partners to document the impact of a wide range of initiatives, from a new undergraduate humanities course to internship programs to large-scale public humanities projects. We work closely with each partner to learn about their goals, determine the appropriate research method to employ, and design and implement a research instrument (e.g., surveys, focus groups, interviews). We also work with humanities funders to develop tailored toolkits for their grantees to document the impact of their work.

We leverage our experience as an advocacy organization to help our partners showcase the impact of their initiatives to campus-based administrators, community stakeholders, policy makers, and funders.

To learn more about our research partnerships, email Beatrice Gurwitz, NHA deputy director.


Recent Partnerships

UMBC Dresher Center for the Humanities

We worked with the UMBC Dresher Center for the Humanities to understand the impact of the Inclusion Imperative, a multi-year project focused on inclusive and community engaged humanities work. We also worked collaboratively with the Dresher Center to build a regional community of practice dedicated to practices of equity, inclusion, and social justice in the humanities and to bring that community of practice into a national conversation with faculty and administrators carrying out similar work.

Teagle Foundation

We are working with the Teagle Foundation to document the short- and long-term impact of the Knowledge for Freedom program, which invites underserved high school students to study humanity’s deepest questions about leading lives of purpose and civic responsibility. We are also researching the landscape of funding for bridge and dual enrollment programs to support Knowledge for Freedom grantees in identifying funding pathways after their initial grant is completed.

Whiting Foundation

We are collaborating with the Whiting Foundation to support past Public Engagement Program grantees in documenting the impact of their work and communicating that impact to a variety of audiences. This has involved a workshop for grantees on conducting impact research (including surveys, focus groups, and interview protocols), the development of a toolkit to support grantees in documenting the impact of their work, and one-on-one support in documenting impact for a subset of grantees.