Impact evaluation at Node-level - getting it done

Building on the knowledge and experience gained during the piloting of the RI-PATHS approach, an ELIXIR-funded Staff Exchange project, and related work done elsewhere in ELIXIR, this Implementation Study aims to increase capacity in impact evaluation across a set of national ELIXIR Nodes.

Led by three ELIXIR Nodes (Belgium, Norway and Portugal), and with support from the ELIXIR Hub, activities will be undertaken in coordination with relevant work being done as part of the ELIXIR-CONVERGE project, and will include:

A series of "Show and Tell" knowledge-exchange events will also be run, focusing on:

  • scientific impact #1 (slides)
  • industry impact (slides)
  • views from two ELIXIR Nodes: ELIXIR Portugal (slides) and ELIXIR Norway (slides)
  • scientific impact #2 by ELIXIR Greece: BIP! Scholar (slides) and the impact of bioinformatics tools in the literature (slides)
  • impact of international activities on national level (working title) by ELIXIR Finland (slides to be added)
  • and more to come!

The application of the new skills and knowledge will be implemented by the Nodes themselves, focused on their chosen case study/-ies (or “impact challenge”), with mentoring from relevant experts (impact, innovation and industry, communications, funding and stakeholders). A case study is an activity or set of activities, carried out or planned by a Node, and whose impact will be evaluated during the project. Case studies will be chosen by the Nodes, based on their needs, as influenced by their national circumstances and particular sets of stakeholders. Results of the case studies will be disseminated so that lessons-learned and associated good practices benefit more widely across ELIXIR, and beyond.

The main intended outcome from this project is an increased capacity at Node level to demonstrate and communicate public value to funders and other key stakeholders, thereby contributing to long-term sustainability of Node-led activities. This ambition aligns directly with one of the 2020 recommendations of a High-Level Expert Group which assessed the progress of ESFRI (European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures) and other world class research infrastructures towards implementation and long-term sustainability. In parallel to this, it is anticipated that this project will work to reinforce the ‘community of practice’ that is emerging, across ELIXIR, around impact evaluation.

For any question or query, contact Corinne Martin (corinne.martin [at] (subject: Impact%20evaluation%20at%20Node-level%20-%20getting%20it%20done) ). If you are part of ELIXIR, you can access all resources related to this Study (requires login), and much more (also requires login) as part of ELIXIR's Impact Focus Group.