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A review of literature on evaluating the scientific, social and political impact of social sciences and humanities research

A review of literature on evaluating the scientific, social and political impact of social sciences and humanities research

Reale, Emanuela, Avramov, Dragona, Canhial, Kubra, Donovan, Claire ORCID: 0000-0002-6105-7794, Flecha, Ramon, Holm, Poul, Larkin, Charles, Lepori, Benedetto, Monsoni-Fried, Judith, Oliver, Esther, Primeri, Emilia, Puigvert, Lidia, Scharnhorst, Andrea, Schubert, Andras, Soler, Marta, Soos, Sandor, Sorde, Teresa, Travis, Charles and Van Horik, Rene (2017) A review of literature on evaluating the scientific, social and political impact of social sciences and humanities research. Research Evaluation, 27 (4). pp. 298-308. ISSN 0958-2029 (Print), 1471-5449 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/reseval/rvx025)

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Abstract

Recently, the need to contribute to the evaluation of the scientific, social, and political impact of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research has become a demand of policy makers and society. The international scientific community has made significant advances that have transformed the impact of evaluation landscape. This article reviews the existing scientific knowledge on evaluation tools and techniques that are applied to assess the scientific impact of SSH research; the changing structure of social and political impacts of SSH research is investigated based on an overarching research question: to what extent do scholars attempt to apply methods, instruments, and approaches that take into account the distinctive features of SSH? The review also includes examples of European Union (EU) projects that demonstrate these impacts. This article culminates in a discussion of the development of the assessment of different impacts and identifies limitations, and areas and topics to explore in the future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social sciences, humanities, impact assessment, evaluation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Education & Community Studies
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2020 16:24
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 4
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28870

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