The aim of the RI-PATHS project is to develop a comprehensive framework describing the socio-economic impact of research infrastructures (RIs) and their related financial investments. The model will be developed in a modular manner adapting it to a broad range of scientific domains and types of RIs. The project outcomes are expected to contribute to a common approach at international level and facilitate investments in research infrastructures by funding agencies and other stakeholders. The project activities will take into account the results from the Working Group of Socio-Economic Impact of Research Infrastructures established by the OECD Global Science Forum and involve key international players in this domain.
The specific objectives are:
- Take stock of the existing approaches for impact assessment of RIs and map the current and future data gathering needs of key stakeholder groups
- Employing systems thinking approach develop a modular impact assessment (IA) framework that represents all major impact pathways of RIs
- Operationalise the IA framework by defining a set of impact indicators, providing guidance on monitoring and evaluation approaches and testing the feasibility of the framework with pilot RIs.