Impact

Blog posts and resources demonstrating the impact of the social and behavioral sciences in policy , society and academe.

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Impact: Who Decides? 

In this first response to Ziyad Marar’s thought piece “On Measuring Social Science Impact,” professor Sue Fletcher-Watson, who represents a field where the direct purpose is to improve the quality of life for a group of individuals, shares why current metrics fall short and what we can do about it.

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The Perils of Measuring Performance, Inside and Outside Academia

Quantification can reformulate something as complex and multidimensional as teaching into a one-dimensional score. And such a score gives the possessor a sense of control and understanding. But, given the implications of quantification, this is an illusion.

1 month ago
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Connecting Academia and Civil Society: Walking an Impact Tightrope

For researchers in civil society organizations publishing and collaborating with academics on mutually beneficial projects is uncommon. Oxfam’s Franziska Mager discusses the barriers and benefits to research that brings together charities and academia and how this reflects different valuations of impact.

2 months ago
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Sheila Jasanoff Receives 2022 Holberg Prize

Sheila Sen Jasanoff, one of the world’s foremost theorists examining the interaction of science and technology with human society, has received the 2022 Holberg Prize,

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