Key objectives and activities of WP3
The aim of WP3 is to elaborate and test a methodological framework for the assessment and monitoring of the impacts of SRA. This framework will disentangle the complex, multi-causal processes of interaction contained within the “black box” relationship between aggregate research effort and expenditure on one hand, and aggregate performance on the other, to provide a comprehensive representation of science based innovation in agriculture and food systems. It will comprise qualitative and quantitative components and adopt a trans-disciplinary perspective.
The objectives of WP3 are:
• To elaborate a methodological framework for measuring, monitoring and assessing SRA and its impacts. To pilot the methodological framework in a set of carefully selected case-studies, and actually assess the whole range of SRA impacts in each case-study;
• To identify factors which enable and/or foster, or limit, the effectiveness and performance of research in terms of desired impacts (outcomes), and present the results of the analysis to relevant audiences in a Research Brief and a Policy Brief;
• To offer insights for the scaling-up of quantitative assessment approaches in WP4.