Introduce Impact-Pathways in a CRIS – support societal impact orientation in research projects and funding processes

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Birge Wolf; Doris Lange; Thorsten Michaelis; Andrea Moser; Stefanie John; Andreas Abecker; Lucia Hahne; Stefan Lossow; Andrea Bollini; Giuseppe Digilio; Susanna Mornati

Poster description:

Societal challenges require research contributions to solve them. Accordingly, societal impact assessment is an object of increasing interest in publicly funded research. Some countries have build elaborated national systems, applied on the level of research institutions. The approach of the SynSICRIS project (Synergies for Societal Impact in Current Research Information Systems) focuses on societal impact creation and assessment in research projects. Therefore, a repository/CRIS system is being built with additional entities related to societal impact and functionalities to record the information during funding processes. Our system is built upon the open source software DSpace-CRIS. The additional entities include process-oriented indicators that represent an increase in the likelihood of societal
impact. The additional functionalities, allow planning, documenting and structuring contributions of a project to societal impact via interfaces to build impact pathways and working plans. The development built on a synthesis of existing approaches, participatory requirements analysis and agile software development. Using such a system at the funding body enables to assess information related to societal impact without additional documentation burden for researchers, allows to manage sensitive project information and supports the dissemination, reusing and sharing of outputs and information tailored to actors in practice and society.

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About the authors:

Birge Wolf studied agricultural sciences at the University of Kassel with an interdisciplinary focus including social sciences and the design of participatory processes. Since several years, she has been working on the topic of monitoring and evaluating contributions of agricultural research to societal impact. Currently, she is coordinating the SynSICRIS (

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