SRE presents findings to conference in Sweden

Outcome Evaluation Method

Society and research funders want to support research that makes a difference, and dedicated researchers and research managers want to effectively design and implement projects so that they make a difference. How do we capture and strengthen the societal effects of research? The Sustainability Research Effectiveness (SRE) program presented methods and results to address this question at the International Transdisciplinarity Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, last week. The conference brought together academics, practitioners, policy-makers and research funders to focus on learning from collaborative experiences, case studies and practices.

“The conference was a wonderful experience to meet people working in complex systems with the objective of positive transformation. It was validating for us to see results that supported our findings as well as keen interest in our methods for evaluating transformative research,” said Rachel Claus, who represented the team at the conference.

Claus presented results from a comparative analysis of seven completed research projects, two of which were Royal Roads graduate research projects and five from a research-for-development context. The analysis found that projects employing more transdisciplinary characteristics leveraged a broader range of mechanisms to make more diverse knowledge and social process contributions across more diverse impact pathways.

A link to download the presentation can be found on the SRE website.

Read the comparative analysis that focuses on the research-for-development case studies.

If you are interested to learn more about the SRE program, visit their website, view the showcase of their work on campus in the Library (until September 30) or follow them on Twitter.