Big DATA approaches FOR improved monitoring of research and innovation performance and assessment of the societal IMPACT in the Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing Societal Challenge (Data4Impact)
Data4Impact focuses on establishing new methodologies for assessing the performance and impact of research and innovation, and the ways in which public policies and funding can influence these. Thus, the project aims to improve the monitoring of research and innovation performance through a comprehensive analytical framework and a set of novel indicators. The development of these indicators will lead to a more robust assessment of the societal benefits generated by public funding. Following a pragmatic approach that is based on available/accessible data, Data4Impact will target the Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing societal challenge at national and EU levels.
In this context, Fraunhofer ISI is responsible for developing a conceptual framework based on a comprehensive literature review and the appraisal of existing monitoring and impact assessment approaches. This conceptual framework – including a definition of impact as such as well as an identification of relevant roles and processes – provides a guiding structure for the entire project. Furthermore, Fraunhofer ISI operationalises the framework and suggests a first set of possible indicators which are developed further in collaboration with other project partners.