Towards a characterisation of the social impact of biomedical research centres in Catalonia: are we going in the right direction?

9 Apr

Paula AdamPaula Adam, Head of Research Assessment AQuAS

While growing, the overall number of agents who are interested in evaluating the impact of research conducted in the R & D organizations meet a common concern: The need to define a set of indicators of results or impacts that are comparable and internationally accepted. In 2009 a Canadian panel of experts carried out one of the proposals with a global scope, using a set of indicators accompanied by a theoretical model and an appeal to the global community in helping advance the improvement and refinement. Since then, others have reported similar interests. However, we’re not yet aware of any successful wide-ranging initiatives. In literature the points of view favouring a mixed vision of quantitative metric indicators combined with qualitative approaches prevails. Continue reading