This space aims to inform about the latest publications in regard to social impact. What is and what it is not social impact, how it is defined in the official reports and as result of profound research, how to distinguish if a finished project has achieved social impact or an ongoing project could achieve it are some of the many concepts that will be published in this section, orientated to all sciences.

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SIOR highlights:

  • European Commission (2018). Monitoring the Impact of the EU Framework Programmes. Publication Office of the European Union, Luxembourg. doi: 10.2777/518781

Recent literature on social impact of research:

  • Flecha, R. (2019). Evaluación del impacto social de la investigación. Revista de Fomento Soocial, (291-292), 485-502. doi: 10.32418/rfs.2019.291-292.1514

  • Gómez, A., Padrós, M., Ríos, O., Mara, L.C., & Pukepuke., T. (2019). Reaching Social Impact Through Communicative Methodology. Researching With Rather Than on Vulnerable Populations: The Roma Case. Frontiers in Education,9:4. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2019.00009

  • Temple, L., Barret, D., Blundo Canto, G., et al. (2018). Assessing impacts of agricultural research for development: A systemic model focusing on outcomes. Research Evaluation, 27(2), 157–170. doi: 10.1093/reseval/rvy005

  • Doyle, J. (2018). Reconceptualising research impact: reflections on the real-world impact of research in an Australian context. Higher Education Research & Development, 37(7), 1366-1379, doi: 10.1080/07294360.2018.1504005

  • Sinha, S.N. & Chaudhari, T. (2018). Impact of CSR on learning outcomes. Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal 29(6), 1026-1041. doi: 10.1108/MEQ-02-2018-0039

  • Bacq, S. & Eddleston, K.A. (2018). A resource-based view social entrepreneurship: How stewardship culture benefit scale of social impact. Journal of Business Ethics 152(3), 589-611. doi: 10.1007/s10551-016-3317-1

  • Pulido CM, Redondo-Sama G, Sordé-Martí T, Flecha R (2018). Social impact in social media: A new method to evaluate the social impact of research. PLoS ONE 13(8): e0203117. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0203117

  • White, L. (2018). A Cook’s tour: Towards a framework for measuring the social impact of social purpose organisations. European Journal of Operational Research 268(3), 784-797. doi: 10.1016/j.ejor.2017.06.015

  • Kaplan-Hallam, M. & Bennett N.J. (2018). Adaptive social impact management for conservation and environmental management. Conservation Biology 32(2), 304-314. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12985

  • Pullman, M., Longoni, A. & Luzzini, D. (2018). The roles of institutional complexity and hybridity in social impact supply chain management. Journal of Supply Management 54(2), 3-20. doi: 10.1111/jscm.12163

  • Aucamp, I. & Lombard, A. (2018). Can social impact assessment contribute to social development outcomes in an emerging economy? Impact Assessment and Project-Appraisal 36(2), 173-185. doi: 10.1080/14615517.2017.1390872

  • Thompson, T.A., Purdy, J.M. & Ventresca, M.J. (2018). How entrepreneurial ecosystems take form: evidence from social impact initiatives in Seattle. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal 12(1), 96-116. doi: 10.1002/sej.1285

  • Reale, E., Avramov, D., Canhial, K., Donovan, C., Flecha, R., Holm, P., … Van Horik, R. (2017). A review of literature on evaluating the scientific, social and political impact of social sciences and humanities research. Research Evaluation, (January), 1–11. doi: 10.1093/reseval/rvx025

  • Flecha, R. (2018). A Note on Key Concepts for Social Impact of Research Assessment. This document is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Avalaible in: here

  • Raua, H., Gogginsb, G. & Fahyb, F. (2018). From invisibility to impact: Recognising the scientific and societal relevance of interdisciplinary sustainability research. Research Policy, 47, 266-276. doi: 10.1016/j.respol.2017.11.005

  • Riley, B. L. et al. (2018). Using contribution analysis to evaluate the impacts of research on policy: Getting to ‘good enough’. Research Evaluation, 27( 1, 1), 16–27. doi: 10.1177/1098214018767046

  • Weibhunh, R. (2018). Research impact assessment in agriculture—A review of approaches and impact areas. Research Evaluation, 27(1), 36–42. doi: 10.1787/18156797

  • Adam, P., Ovseiko, P. V., Grant, J. et al.(2018). ISRIA statement: ten-point guidelines for an effective process of research impact assessment. Health Research Policy and Systems. doi: 10.1186/s12961-018-0281-5