Benchmarking Framework

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Benchmarking Framework

Actionable knowledge about the valorisation of IIRS  

One of the main groundwork of DANDELION project consists in developing a benchmarking framework featuring actionable knowledge about effective dissemination mechanism used to promote and valorise Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies research results into innovation.

During the first months of the project we have produced the first preparatory template for the benchmarking exercise (available for download very soon) to be conducted throughout a screening and mining of inclusive, innovative and reflective societies projects and data collection, and will be complemented with dialogue cooperation among key socio-economic stakeholders and ‘validated’ by the DANDELION external advisory board members in the following months.

The framework currently under development, will provide sensitive measurement and evaluation system of indicators that better responds to the needs and requirements at the interface between IIRS research and the stakeholders at societal, economic and policy level.

The rationale behind the methodological framework will be implemented for the preliminary examination of EU funded projects in the field of IIRS (Inclusive, Innovative, and reflective societies) with regard to their dissemination and communication strategies. 

The exploration of dissemination practices which have led to innovative impacts, in the form of successful uptake of IIRS research results by the public sector, the market, or the civil society, is a necessary albeit challenging endeavour. Obstacles such as missing or not available documentation, inactive websites, and non-uniform criteria concerning evaluation of dissemination and communication activities, are the most evident hurdles in this respect.

Despite the rise in the past couple of years of a highly fruitful debate about more sensitive and differentiated concepts and measurement methods of impact, a shared understanding of what kinds of impacts should be achieved by IIRS projects remains to be established. This would give concrete orientation to projects and their evaluation, regarding the direction, the stakeholders, the tools, and the timing of interactions they should pursue in order to successfully promote their findings with the highest possible success and trigger beneficial impacts outside the narrow research community.