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Measuring social impact of science
Measuring the social impact of universities is complicated. The measures need to account for all scientific disciplines and should ideally capture long-term impact in addition to direct impact in society. Recognizing that it may not be possible to measure the full spectrum or 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 measurement systems to serve their strategy. One of the obstacles that research institutes, funders and other evaluators or impact have to overcome is to determine whether, and to what extent, they need to take a shared or differentiated approach or measuring impact between different disciplines. Another important debate surrounds the question of what we are measuring: output, outcome or impact. This course will create insight into the currently available information systems and methods to measure such impact and how to implement this in your Research Strategy.
A Case Study will be part of the course: "Creating your own Impact measurement system". In the Case Study, we invite the participants to critically assess the landscape of current tools and systems along the spectrum or measuring the impact of research. How can you create a system or tools that fits your public research institute and to what extent are you dependent on the current providers?
A Course for:
Managers and strategists at Research institutes
Funders for scientific research
Users and developers or Research Information Systems
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