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#impactsocsci

with involvement from Raphaëlle Bisiaux, Leandro Carrera,
Sofia Goldschluk, Avery Hancock, Ellen Harries, R...
We needed a blueprint of the social sciences
External mediators
410k

625k
students
35k
academics

Research
staff
32k

People value

Value of mediation of social
scien...
From old siloes... to ‘human-influenced’
and ‘human-dominated systems
STEM
Res.
funding
£4.8bn
80%

67k res.
staff
56%

53...
Large corporations are already using social science
in an integrative way…
We can start to
answer the big and deep
questio...
Trade-off between academic and external impact
6

External visibility scale

5
communicator
7%

4
3

solid
middle
16%

app...
General level of difficulty

Do different sectors pose different
impact challenges?
Government &
public policy

High

Civi...
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The Impact of the Social Sciences: How academics and their research make a difference #impactsocsci

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Presentation slides from the event Engaged Social Science: Impacts and use of research in the UK, given by Simon Bastow and Jane Tinkler.

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The Impact of the Social Sciences: How academics and their research make a difference #impactsocsci

  1. 1. #impactsocsci with involvement from Raphaëlle Bisiaux, Leandro Carrera, Sofia Goldschluk, Avery Hancock, Ellen Harries, Rebecca Mann, Anne White, Sierra Williams and Joan Wilson
  2. 2. We needed a blueprint of the social sciences
  3. 3. External mediators 410k 625k students 35k academics Research staff 32k People value Value of mediation of social science in the UK £24.6bn Indirect & induced value £4.8bn University spending £2.7bn Research funded £851m Economic value Source: LSE Public Policy Group, Cambridge Econometrics, and HESA, 2010-11
  4. 4. From old siloes... to ‘human-influenced’ and ‘human-dominated systems STEM Res. funding £4.8bn 80% 67k res. staff 56% 53k res. studs Natural Systems (e.g. astrophysics, pure maths) SS Res. funding £851m 14% 32k res. staff 27% 20k res. studs Human-influenced Systems (e.g. climate change) HUM £217m 4% C&AD 15k res. staff 8% £110m 2% 13k res. studs 6k res. staff 4k res. studs SOCIAL SCIENCES And their Human-dominated integrative systems role. (e.g. cities, markets, information systems)
  5. 5. Large corporations are already using social science in an integrative way… We can start to answer the big and deep questions that sociologists ask but with statistical rigour of large datasets from computer science. I think a lot of this is about finding a commonality of language which doesn’t exist today. Senior exec at Google… We did the thing that social science does best, right? Which is not to answer a particular question, but to change the way in which people think about what the questions are. Senior exec at Intel…
  6. 6. Trade-off between academic and external impact 6 External visibility scale 5 communicator 7% 4 3 solid middle 16% applied researcher 17% 2 1 0 0 Social media effect publisher 27% invisible 25% 1 influential 9% 2 3 4 5 Academic outputs scale 6
  7. 7. General level of difficulty Do different sectors pose different impact challenges? Government & public policy High Civil society & third sector Private sector firms and business Low 1 Making connections with potential partners or users 2 3 Identifying a ‘quid pro quo’ in applying research Finding traction for applying research within the organization 4 Building and extending the relationship 5 Demonstrating specific impacts or benefits to the organization

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