Assessing Research Impact on Non-academic audiences

Jordi Molas-Gallart (SPRU, University of Sussex)

ISSC Workshop, BBAW. Berlin, 14-15 March 2002


The approaches that will be discussed in this presentation were initially developed in the context of a study carried out by a SPRU team for the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to develop an approach to "assess the impact on non-academic audiences" of ESRC-funded research. The presentation will summarise the main problems that an impact assessment of this nature is faced with, and present our approach to their solution. This includes the development of a conceptual framework to analyse non-academic impact, and the outline of an interview-based approach to monitor the different diffusion channels and forms of impact identified in our conceptual framework.

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