The project consortium draws together a broad portfolio of competences in relevance to impact assessment of research infrastructures, including innovation and systems research, in-depth experience with various impact assessment methodologies such as cost-benefit analysis, impact pathway methods and other quantitative and qualitative approaches. The consortium members hold an important track record in socio-economic impact assessment and have been advising policy makers on planning and evaluation of research infrastructures. Moreover, the consortium has direct access to information on the overall research infrastructure community in Europe.
“EFIS team has a longstanding experience working with RIs and developing guidance material for scoping their socio-economic impact. Our mission is to develop innovative concepts, methods and techniques that are directly applicable by relevant policy communities. The RI-PATHS project presents an exciting challenge to apply our insights and systems thinking approaches to help cut through the complexity of the topic and develop a practical tool-box for RI managers and policy makers.”
“After many years of research and practice on the topic of socio-economic impact assessment of traditional infrastructures, CSIL researchers were eager to explore new avenues by investigating the application of socio-economic impact assessment methods to RIs. The RI-PATHS project provides the opportunity to develop and structure our past efforts by confronting with world class scholars and practitioners in the field. The challenge is intriguing, and we are enthusiastic to provide our contribution.”
“The involved researchers from Fraunhofer ISI have on several earlier occasions published extensively on the socio-economic embeddedness of universities and public research organisations and developed new conceptual frameworks to track different pathways and channels through which impacts materialise. As employees of one of Europe's largest public research organisations, moreover, they have themselves been extensively involved in considerations within their own organisation - that is by mission designed to achieve the highest possible socio-economic impact. Against this background, they were deeply interested in an opportunity to extend applying their existing competence and experience with impact assessments to the subject of RIs that they had so far less directly worked on.”
“As an intergovernmental organisation, we increasingly need to support our Members in demonstrating the socio-economic impact of public investment in research infrastructure. We are delighted that ELIXIR, a distributed research infrastructure for the Life Sciences, will be a case-study in the RI-PATHS project.” Dr Niklas Blomberg, ELIXIR Director
"CERN participates through the FCC study for a post-LHC particle collider, as a pivotal case study that builds on CERN’s long-standing leadership in particle physics and the successful planning and operation of large-scale research infrastructures. Moreover, CERN's participation bring in lessons from the current work for LHC and HL-LHC, that resulted in a set of tools and refined CBA methods that also apply to other research infrastructures."
"As part of the LEAPS alliance, wherein all European accelerator-based photon sources are joining efforts to develop a common strategy, ALBA aims at understanding further impact assessment and contributing first-hand to the development of a robust and flexible tool, which could eventually be used by the whole LEAPS community.”