What is your university’s role in Societal Impact?
Increasingly, university leadership, governments, funders, the community, and more are demanding to understand university research's value. They want to know that the significant investment into research is going to help society.
A university can contribute to societal impact in multiple ways. For example:
Interventions to target hunger among students and staff – for example, provide access to food banks
Building standards to minimize water use
Track application and admission rates of under-represented groups
According to a QS blog post(opens in new tab/window), universities are responsible for advocating for the importance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They are many ways they can do this, including with their research.
Provide research knowledge, innovations and solutions towards achieving the SDGs. As universities tend to receive private and public research funds to directly and/or indirectly solve world issues, universities are responsible for providing the in-depth academic and vocational training needed to achieve the SDGs.
Understanding your university’s research through a United Nations Sustainability Goals (UN SDG) lens
In 2015 the United Nations (UN) announced the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and was subsequently adopted by all UN member states.
Seeing your institution’s research for each of these SDGs helps you understand this vital way you contribute to societal impact.
To understand more about a university’s role in societal impact and the United Nations Sustainable development goals, visit our research leaders’ guide.
Imagine that the university wants to know how they compare with other European universities on research about zero hunger. They can use SciVal benchmarking capabilities to compare themselves to the top five European universities.
Benchmark by scholarly output
It is interesting to see that they have led the research on zero hunger in their region for several years, but that all of the universities are continuing to publish more, and some at a higher velocity.
Benchmark by FWCI
It is also reassuring to see that their Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) is generally high – consistently above 2.0.
You can view the top companies publishing on SDG 15.
Another way to look at research is to understand the Topic it covers. A Topic is a collection of documents with a common focused intellectual interest. Publications are clustered into Topics based upon a direct citation analysis. Learn more about Topic Prominence in Science.
There are approximately 96,000 topics in SciVal.
In SciVal, you can see that he publishes the most on the Forest Restoration; Tropical Dry Forests; Natural Regeneration Topic. This Topic is promising since it’s in the 97th prominence profile. In general, this indicates that the Topic has a lot of momentum and is unlikely to die out soon.
You can also see other institutions publishing on this Topic.
You can also see the top corporations publishing on it.
By combining the data in SciVal, with the knowledge of the institutions and researchers, you can develop your research strategy into global areas that are important for society.
There are many ways to analyze research with SciVal. If you want to see more, or information specific to you instituion: