In order to assess and give account of the social impact of University research, the Master Plan “Social Impact of Research” proposes the creation of the Label Deusto Research Social Impact. The label has a double objective:
- firstly, to identify, assess, measure and recognise the benefits of excellent research for the society;
- secondly, to overcome the limitations of quantitative indicators, such as the number of citations and publications, that hardly capture the impact on the transformation of knowledge, the impact on society and the involvement of stakeholders.
The Label Deusto Research Social Impact seeks to recognise and promote, in an innovative way, the research projects with social impact, combining a “top-down” strategic perspective with a “bottom-up” approach that allows the researcher to describe his/her project in the light of social impact and in co-creation with social agents. After the description of the project’s social impact and the collection of evidence, researchers and social agents validate a joint declaration on the project’s social impact, that is then assessed by an evaluation commission nominated by the University.
The Label Deusto Research Social Impact will be given to research projects that demonstrate a potential for social impact that can be evidenced through:
- the transforming action and social impact for the people, entities, the environment and the society in general;
- the involvement, at different levels, of non-academic agents;
- the scientific contribution in the specific research area, linked to the promotion of wellbeing, social transformation, development and justice.