IMPACT: Ghent University policy plan on societal value creation
Sneak preview of institutional policy plan: approval set for meeting of Board of
Governors 8 May 2015
Strategic Plan 2.0 (2012): project assigned to Research Department
SP Package: sponsor + project manager + taskforce + overarching Steering Committee
Formal advice from Research Council (representatives from disciplines)
1. Agreeing on definition
2. Reflecting on scope (characteristics and principles, types of SI, prerequisites,
methods of evaluation and quality assurance, …)
3. Suggesting actions (from very concrete to conducive to general shift in mindset)
Result: Executive summary + comprehensive policy plan (with background info)
What is value creation?
What is societal value creation?
More than the transferral of the research results:
• Diversity (to researchers, disciplines, research, results…)
• Iterative process
Broad frame of reference:
• Relevant to all fields of research
• Respectful to fundamental research
• Taking into, account creativity and individuality
Plan proposes a framework which allows for quality assurance, evaluation and
appreciation of impact through a descriptive approach of types rather than a
restrictive measurement by way of quantitative indicators (goes against Flemish
predeliction for allocation keys).
Plan focusses on creating an academic environment stimulating societal value creation
through a set of diverse actions.
Policy plan describes a broad field of action and wide array of supportive
measures: from concrete tools for the research community (e.gL. Online toolbox
and professional advice onf funding and impact paragraphs) to strategic
Not one magic solution but a puzzle of measures: outside the strict confines of
research policy > need for synergies with other policy and support areas with the
university (HR, Communication)