London, United Kingdom

6, 7, 8 November 2019

Methods & Instruments for Assessing the Societal Impact of Research

Assessing the societal impact of research

This course has already taken place. The photos are available via this link.

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.

This course will focus primarily on the question how research institutes may develop their own “Impact portfolio” and how they can create their own assessment systems to serve their strategy. This course will create insight in the currently available information systems and methods to assess impact and how to implement this in your Research Strategy.

Central questions of the course:

  • 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?
  • How can you use existing Research Information Systems for your impact strategy and what are the possibilities to build your own system?

Case Study

A Case Study will be part of the course: “Creating your own Impact assessment system”. In the Case Study, we invite the participants to critically assess the landscape of current tools and systems along the spectrum of assessing the impact of research. How can you create a system of tools that fits your public research institute and to what extent are you dependent on the current providers?

Target groups:

Managers and strategists at Research institutes

Funders for scientific research

Users and developers of Research Information Systems

Scientometricians & Librarians

 

 

Terms & costs

Partners

Confirmed speakers

Alis Oancea

Alis Oancea

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Bettina Uhrig

Bettina Uhrig

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Duncan Ross

Duncan Ross

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Ed Noijons

Ed Noijons

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Jonathan Grant

Jonathan Grant

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Martin Kirk

Martin Kirk

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Rachel Herbert

Rachel Herbert

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Reine Meylaerts

Reine Meylaerts

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Locations

Course Venue

King's College London

Strand Campus
Strand
WC2R 2LS
London
United Kingdom

Anatomy Museum Room
6th floor
There will be signage from the main reception

Course dinner

Sarastro Restaurant

126 Drury Lane
London WC2B 5SU

Social programme

Science Gallery London

Great Maze Pond
London SE1 9GU
United Kingdom

Traveling to the conference location

Temple (District and Circle lines): 2 minute walk. Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines): 10 minute walk, Embankment (District, Circle and Bakerloo lines): 10 minute walk, Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern, Bakerloo, Waterloo & City lines): 12 minute walk, Holborn (Central and Picadilly lines): 12 minute walk, Chancery Lane (Central line): use exit 4 - 15 minute walk.

Charing Cross: 9 minute walk. Waterloo: 12 minute walk. Waterloo East: 10 minute walk. Blackfriars: 12 minute walk.

Buses stopping outside the university: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, X68, 168, 171, 172, 176 (24 hour), 188, 243 (24 hour), 341 (24 hour), 521, RV1.

A shuttle bus service is available for staff and students (carrying their college ID) wishing to travel between the Guy’s and St Thomas' hospital sites, the latter also being within walking distance of Waterloo and the Strand. The pick-up and drop-off points are:

  • at St Thomas', the lower-ground car park opposite the Florence Nightingale Museum
  • at Guy's Campus, on Great Maze Pond on the lay-by to the Bloomfield Clinic.