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https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2021-29
https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2021-29

  21 Sep 2021

21 Sep 2021

Review status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal GC.

How to get your message through? Designing an Impactful Knowledge transfer plan in a European Project

Sara Pasqualetto, Luisa Cristini, and Thomas Jung Sara Pasqualetto et al.
  • Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany

Abstract. Academic research is largely characterized by scientific projects striving to advance the understanding in their respective fields. Financial support is often subjected to the fulfilment of certain requirements, such as a fully developed knowledge transfer plan and dissemination strategy. But the evaluation of these activities and their impact is rarely an easy path to clarity and comprehensiveness, considering the different expectations from project officers and funding agencies, dissemination activities and objectives, and so on. With this paper, based on the experience of the management and outreach team of the EU-H2020 APPLICATE project, we aim to shed light on the challenging journey towards impact assessment of knowledge transfer activities by presenting a methodology for impact planning and monitoring in the context of a collaborative and international research project. Through quantitative and qualitative evaluations and indicators developed in four years of the project, this paper represents an attempt to build a common practice for project managers and coordinators and establish a baseline for the development of a shared strategy.

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Many projects in their reporting phase are required to provide a clear plan to evaluate the results of those efforts aimed to translate scientific results to a broader audience. This paper illustrates methodologies and strategies used in the framework of a European research project to assess the impact of knowledge transfer activities, both quantitatively and qualitatively, and provides recommendations and hints for developing a useful Impact Plan for scientific projects.
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