On 02 October 2017, the University of Deusto has awarded for the first time the Label Deusto Research Social Impact to 15 research projects. The label seeks to recognise and to promote Deusto’s research projects with social impact.
The call was launched on 09 May 2017 and from the 19 projects submitted from the different faculties and research teams of the University, 15 have been awarded the label.
More information about the awarded projects can be found at this page.
One of the main challenges of university research is to identify, evaluate, measure and recognise how excellent research generates benefits for the society. There are several quantitative indicators that show the number of citations and publications of a research project, but that hardly capture the impact on the transformation of knowledge, the impact on society and the involvement of stakeholders.
In order to measure the social impact of its research projects, Deusto has defined a series of dimensions and criteria that show through the Label the impact and transforming action of University research.
The call Label Deusto Research Social Impact combined a “top-down” strategic perspective with a “bottom-up” approach that allowed the researcher to describe his/her project in the light of social impact and in co-creation with social agents. Researchers and non-academic social agents validated a joint declaration on the project’s social impact that was then assessed by an evaluation commission.
The Label Deusto Research Social Impact was given to research projects that demonstrated a potential for social impact that could 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.