All posts tagged “Impact Management

Study on success factors for transformative innovation labs published

Transformative science aims to consciously help shape sustainable societal change. This can be achieved through interdisciplinary, opportunity-oriented future research and the integration of science and society. Hereby, Innovation Labs are becoming increasingly relevant as platforms and opportunity structures for collaboration between science and society. To find out how research institutions can systematically realize transformative science, KIT Innovation HUB and the Institut für Technikzukünfte (ITZ) is developing concepts for transformative research institutes together with G&K in the BMBF-funded project “TRANSFORM“.

But what specific requirements does this place on organizations and actors in the science system? What are the success factors for the effective use of integrative and transformative transfer processes? These and other questions are addressed in the G&K and ITZ study “Innovation Labs at Universities in Germany. Relevant success factors for integrative and transformative transfer processes“, which is now available in German as a discussion paper. Based on an empirical case study of nine Innovation Labs at universities and research institutions in Germany, the project team has derived relevant success factors and recommendations for action for the integration of science and society.

Assessing Impact from Research Institutions: Research project “Deep Impact” completed

As part of the “Deep Impact” project of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN), we have worked with the MfN project team over the past three years to develop a concept that enables the museum to assess and show the societal effects of its transfer activities. The approach is to demonstrate the museum’s impact by its contributions towards reaching selected Sustainable Development Goals of the UN (SDGs). For this purpose, an MfN-specific theory of change was developed and specific indicators and impact narratives developed. The method can serve as a blueprint for other research museums and institutions as well. In the publication ” Recording and presenting impact: A Guide to Identifying Indicators of Museum Knowledge Transfer Performance (DE)” (Loth et al. (2022), to which Christoph Köller and Josef Pinter, among others, contributed significantly, key findings of the project are made available to interested users.

In the course of the project, the relevance of a holistic and active impact management has become apparent. Here, impact is not only understood (as is often the case) as a justification for the existence of research, but as a framework for the strategic and organizational orientation of an institution towards desired and targeted changes. It is only through the active alignment and steering of an institution towards these intended effects that impact can be made efficient and sustainable – despite all the undisputed recording problems. Impact thus has the potential to become a management tool.

Project publication

Loth et al. (2022). Impact erfassen und darstellen: Leitfaden zur Ermittlung von Indikatoren musealer Wissenstransferleistung [Dataset]. Data Publisher: Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN) – Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science.

Active impact management and systematic support of SSHA knowledge exchange: Our approaches at Aspect and TransferAllianz

For us, being experts in knowledge exchange means both continuously developing through new experiences and knowledge the expertise with which we shape our projects, and sharing and reflecting on our approaches and ideas with other experts, transfer officers and scientists.

As part of Aspect’s “Aspect Festival21” (Link), Dr. Christoph Köller chaired the session “Nurturing the Impact Power of Social Sciences and Humanities – A Journey Through (Parts of) Europe”. Gerard Nijsten, initiator of the Humanities Lab AVS in Amsterdam, spoke about the effectiveness and functioning of a lab that supports impact from the humanities and social sciences.  Dr. Johannes Vogel, General Director of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, presented the impact management approach we have worked out in the joint project “Deep Impact”. He advocated our approach of actively addressing impact through a holistic impact management: “We want to lead, not to be led.”

In addition, in the interactive TransferAllianz webinar “Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts – systematically using transfer potential”, we shared experiences and know-how on transfer and impact from the Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts and discussed them with transfer officers from Germany and Austria. We presented methods and a systematic approach to support transfer and stimulated a discussion about the future role of SSHA transfer officers.

In the events, we discussed and jointly further developed some of our approaches. In particular, active impact management is seen as a big chance for research institutions and universities: Mission Impossible? No! Challenge accepted? With pleasure!