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Assessing the broader impacts of publicly-funded research

Assessing the broader impacts of publicly-funded research

Donovan, Claire ORCID: 0000-0002-6105-7794 (2019) Assessing the broader impacts of publicly-funded research. In: Simon, Dagmar, Kuhlmann, Stefan, Stamm, Julia and Canzler, Weert, (eds.) Handbook on Science and Public Policy. Handbooks of Research on Public Policy series . Edward Elgar Publishing, Northampton, MA; Cheltenham, UK, pp. 448-502. ISBN 978-1784715939 (doi:

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The chapter introduces the reader to the notion of the broader societal impacts of research, and to recent trends in public policy towards prioritising research that produces direct benefits to society. It explores the ‘science-society’ relationship and the obligation of publicly-funded researchers to engage in science that is relevant to society at large. It compares and contrasts top-down and bottom-up approaches to defining and measuring research impacts. Examples of different European approaches to impact assessment are presented (UK, The Netherlands, Ireland, Norway). The chapter reveals the inherently political nature of defining, measuring, and rewarding research impact, and what this form of science governance implies for future directions of state-funded research.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Ch. 24
Uncontrolled Keywords: research impact, impact agenda, science-society relationship, research evaluation, research policy, research funding, science governance
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Education (EDU)
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2020 11:27

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