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SAGE Report Explores How to Measure Impact in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
SAGE published a report, “The Latest Thinking About Metrics for Research Impact in the Social Sciences” (registration required), on ways to improve the measurement of impact in the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) field. Its takeaways include the following:
- The full scholarly community must believe that new impact metrics are useful, necessary, and beneficial to society.
- All stakeholders must understand that although social science impact is measurable, social science is not STEM, and social science’s impact measurements may echo STEM’s but are unlikely to mirror them.
- Social science needs a global vocabulary, a global taxonomy, global metadata, and finally a global set of benchmarks for talking about impact measurement.
According to the press release, “The report also maps out stakeholder categories, defines key terms and questions, puts forward four models for assessing impact, proposes next steps, and presents a list of 45 resources and data sources that could help in creating a model of SBS impact.”
For more information, read the press release.
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