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11 Jul 2017

Science Europe releases Position on Research Impact Assessment

On 11 July 2017, Science Europe published its Position Statement "On a New Vision for More Meaningful Research Impact Assessment". Considering the different ways research brings value to society, Science Europe advocates using the notion "value" rather than "impact". According to the paper, "impact" does not reflect the intrinsic value of scientific research and its capacity to generate new knowledge. A broader notion of research impact, enriched by societal value, would contribute to making the impact assessment more meaningful.

The statement provides a series of key principles and actions for policy makers and research organsiations to help bring forward a new vision for impact assessment. Science Europa also aims to contribute to a better understanding of impact and its assessment, as a precondition to capture and and communicate it. The paper is to some extent a response to the report of the "High Level Group on maximising impact of EU Research and Innovation Programmes" published on 3 July 2017.

To download the Position Statement click here.

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