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The procurement decision on the evaluation of the societal impact of four SRC programmes (2016–2019) has been made. The contract was awarded to the consultancy company Gaia Consulting Oy.
The Strategic Research Council proposes that the Finnish Government adopt three new strategic research themes for 2021. The themes focus on population ageing, which tests the structures of the welfare society, the looming loss of biodiversity and pandemics as a challenge to society.
“The window of opportunity is open for a new kind of cooperation between research and decision-making,” writes Olli Kangas. Read more about the opportunities for cooperation between SRC-funded projects and the Social Security Reform Committee set up by the Finnish Government.
There is a sense of commitment and common purpose in the Division of Strategic Research, new Director of the Division of Strategic Research Päivi Tikka writes in her blog. Päivi is looking forward to developing interaction further between the Division and society at large, and to increasing dialogue with policymakers.
The end of project funding often also means the end of experiments and the dissemination of lessons learned and causes the partnership networks created in the course of the project to fall apart. Programme coordinators Eveliina Saari and Riitta Kosonen explore different ways to protect the legacy of projects and keep up the momentum after funding ends.
The funding periods of four SRC projects ended in August 2019, and the first ever strategic research programme evaluation commenced at the beginning of 2020. The goal of the evaluation is to understand the multifaceted social impact of strategic research and to develop the funding instrument itself.
How do policy briefs help inform decisions on public policy and what kind of impact do the briefs have? In this blog post strategic research projects CICAT2025, ScenoProt ja BIBU tell how well planned policy briefs and timing can have an impact in society.
Solutions cards offer research-based "solutions from science" for decision makers, media and all those interested in societal relevance and impact of research.
The United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and research financed by the Academy of Finland’s Strategic Research Council (SRC) both pursue the same goal: finding solutions to the major challenges facing society. Strategic research projects cover a wide range of both national and global sustainability targets.
As the summer came to an end, so did the first five years of our strategic research and our first strategic research programmes. The first evaluation of our strategic research programmes is scheduled for next year. Our aim is to understand the social impact of our strategic research programmes and to improve the funding instrument.