Two New Resources, National Humanities Alliance

We are pleased to announce two new resources designed to support the humanities community in making the case for the value of the humanities: 1) Humanities Recruitment Survey: Challenges & Audiences, which shares quantitative survey results from 397 faculty and administrators at 294 institutions and 2) Documenting the Impact of Your Humanities Program, a new toolkit that supports faculty, administrators, and project directors in capturing and communicating about their impact.

NHA staff would be pleased to discuss these resources with you. We are also available to join classes, department meetings, and virtual workshops to discuss how these resources can support case making for the humanities as the pandemic presents new financial and programmatic challenges to humanities educators and organizations.

Humanities Recruitment Survey: Challenges & Audiences

In the summer of 2019, we launched the Humanities Recruitment Survey (HRS) to better understand the challenges faculty and administrators face in attracting students to the humanities, the audiences they are engaging to overcome those challenges, and specific humanities recruitment strategies they have implemented. The first HRS report, Humanities Recruitment Survey: Challenges & Audiences, highlights opportunities for information sharing across institutions to engage additional audiences.

We are conducting additional research into the recruitment strategies surfaced through the survey and will be releasing in-depth reports featuring profiles of a range of strategies beginning this fall.

For additional information or to explore the possibility of a virtual workshop, please contact Study the Humanities project director Scott Muir at smuir@nhalliance.org.

Documenting the Impact of Your Humanities Program: A New Toolkit

Our new toolkit, Documenting the Impact of Your Humanities Program, is aimed at helping the humanities community collect data about the impact of programs such as professional development seminars, public humanities projects, and programs for students that prepare them for college and help them imagine humanities careers. These surveys are designed to support the humanities community in articulating the impact of its work and making the case for the resources to support it.

This toolkit builds on work over the past three years to document the impact of NEH-funded projects. In partnership with directors of public humanities projects, we’ve designed and implemented pre- and post-program surveys that take into account the programs’ immediate goals and their broader social impacts, including impacts on trust, empathy, community connection, and appreciation for and pride in local culture and heritage. Our goal has been to help these partners collect information that makes the case for their work to a range of stakeholders, including funders, organizational leadership, and policymakers. The surveys are designed to be broadly useful for humanities faculty and practitioners in highlighting and evaluating their programs.

For additional information or to arrange a virtual workshop, please contact Cecily Hill, director of community initiatives, at chill@nhalliance.org.