The OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) has just published a new STI Policy Paper addressing an important topic of scientific and socio-economic impact of research infrastructures (RIs). Read here: https://doi.org/10.1787/3ffee43b-en
It targets funders and managers of RIs and provides them with a framework “to evaluate the achievement of scientific and socio-economic objectives in a realistic way”. The framework includes a list of Core Impact Indicators which can be used by various research infrastructures, regardless of their type, scientific discipline or life cycle phase.
The RI-PATHS team is collaborating with the OECD in order to ensure that this work is taken into account in the development of a comprehensive impact assessment framework for RIs. Where possible, the Core Impact Indicators identified by OECD will be linked to the main impact pathways that RI representatives have co-designed during RI-PATHS workshops. The second round of workshops, held in 9-11 May 2019, will allow the research infrastructure community to reflect on the context of the proposed list of indicators and build in more nuances to the current approach how socio-economic impact of RIs is understood and measured.