Welcome to the Impact of Social Sciences Project.

We are working on a multi-year project funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) that aims to demonstrate how academic research in the social sciences achieves public policy impacts, contributes to economic prosperity and informs public understanding of policy issues and economic and social changes.

Our main purpose is to develop precise methods for measuring and evaluating the impact of research in the public sphere. We are developing quantitative metrics for measuring impact  and have performed comparative analyses based on a pilot study of 120 academics pulled from a variety of social science disciplines. We believe the data we produce will be of interest to all UK universities and academics interested better capturing and tracking the impacts of their social science research and applications work. We have compiled our initial findings and recommendations into a Handbook on Maximizing the Impacts of Your Research.

The programme is coordinated by a central team in the London School of Economics Public Policy Group and involves the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London, the Sustainability Research Institute at Leeds University, LSE Health and the LSE Centre for Economic Performance. The input from individual research labs will be particularly valuable in developing best practice and case study information for interested individuals and institutions. While our central research will focus on the social sciences, the input from Imperial and Leeds will cover the interface of social science/STEM disciplines in the areas of climate change and sustainability policies.

Please feel free to contact impactofsocialsciences@lse.ac.uk with any questions about the project or the project blog.

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