Assessing Impact of Science - Methods & Instruments

It was wonderful to find so many ambitious representatives of Higher Education Institutions, keen to make a difference in the world and coming together to help showing and promoting such ambitions

Fantastic to have so much knowledge in the room!

Great and inspiring!

King's College London, United Kingdom

3 – 5 November 2021

Introduction

Science funders, research councils and universities, amongst others all over the world, put more and more emphasis on the societal impact of research. In the UK, for example, government spending has increased on mission-oriented funds such as ARPA, and knowledge-exchange activity assessment, such as KEF. However, assessing the societal impact of universities is complicated. The assessments need to account for all scientific disciplines and should ideally capture long-term impact in addition to direct impact in society. Recognising that it may not be possible to assess the full spectrum of impact of universities, it is useful to focus on which key performance indicators do make sense, especially if the data can be collected in a structured way. And even then there can often be a mismatch between what is assessed and what is meant to be assessed, which is why there is more attention needed for “responsible metrics”. This course will focus primarily on the questions of how research institutes may develop their own “Impact portfolio” and how they and other institutions can create assessment systems to serve their strategy, and it will create insight in the currently available information systems and methods to assess impact and how to implement this in a research strategy.

 

Main discussion questions

  • How can you create parameters of impact assessment that are appropriate for local, national and international purposes?
  • To what extent do you need to take a shared or differentiated approach of assessing impact between different disciplines?
  • How can parameters of impact assessment and research strategies reinforce each other and how can you avoid the risk of perverse incentives?
  • What are the differences between assessing output, outcome and impact and how do you assess what you actually want to assess?
  • How can you use existing Research Information Systems for your impact strategy and what are the possibilities to build your own system?

 

 

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Confirmed trainers

Jonathan Grant

Jonathan Grant

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Jordi Molas Gallart

Jordi Molas Gallart

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Ellen Hazelkorn

Ellen Hazelkorn

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Steven Hill

Steven Hill

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James Britt Holbrook

James Britt Holbrook

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Anika Duut van Goor

Anika Duut van Goor

Co-course coordinator

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Locations

King's College London, United Kingdom