The overall aim of IMPRESA is to measure, assess and comprehend the impact of all forms of European SRA on key agricultural policy goals, including farm level productivity but also environmental enhancement and the efficiency of agri-food supply chains. To achieve this, IMPRESA will undertake a broad qualitative meta-analysis of the volume and categorisation of current research, including recent trends, exploring specific quantitative and qualitative means of assessment of its impact in specific cases, and engaging with relevant interest networks through multiple channels throughout the project. This involves framing and engaging in five major objectives:

  1. Exploration of the scope and relevance of scientific research activity for the objectives and implementation of agricultural policy, involving participation of expert informants, that will provide guidance for improved accuracy in assessing the volume, type and current trends in activity; in turn, this should allow more focused effort on appropriate empirical strategies and development of protocols for future monitoring
  2. Assessment of the agricultural science impact base, across Europe, in terms of the efforts of national and supranational public authorities, commercial and not-for-profit enterprises through expert-led surveys of activity in the EU-28, EEA-4 and Switzerland
  3. Implementation of a comparative case-study investigation of contrasting implementations of science-based agricultural innovation (with regard to productivity, environmental impact and rural development consequences) that will identify both common and specific mechanisms involved in research, dissemination, adoption and impact
  4. Testing of quantitative approaches to research evaluation, in countries selected on the basis of complementarity with in-depth case-study inquiry, to determine rates of return on SRA, the distribution of benefits across the agri-food supply chain, and the impacts of such research on performance of enterprises allied to the farming sector
  5. Identification and dissemination of key characteristics of the evaluation of SRA to the main stakeholders (policymakers, extension services, agri-food input and processing sectors, land use and environmental non-governmental organisations) through a participatory framework that will promote a more flexible, responsive and effective alignment between the research community and major social objectives concerning food security, environmental quality, energy efficiency and resilience of farming systems

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