The University of Deusto launched on 14 May the call for the 2019 “Label Deusto Research Social Impact”. This call is amongst the several initiatives that the University created to promote and disseminate the transforming action of Deusto research.
After the success the first two editions, the University of Deusto launches for the third time the call Label Deusto Research Social Impact to recognise the impact of its research projects on society. 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 will show, through the Label, the impact and transforming action of University research. The call Label Deusto Research Social Impact combines 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. Researchers and non-academic social agents validate a joint declaration on the project’s social impact, that is then assessed by an evaluation commission. 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 in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals, the European policy priorities and/or the Basque Country RIS3 Strategy (or other relevant policies linked to the main project theme);
- the involvement, at different levels, of non-academic agents;
- the project’s contribution to the knowledge field beyond the scientific impact, giving evidence of adoption, uptake and exploitation of the results by the relevant stakeholders, and of dissemination of project results to the target group(s).