A team of researchers from the University of Barcelona and the University Rovira I Virgili presented the IMPACT-EV’s approach on Social impact assessment at the Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association. This conference is attended by more than 5000 people, from different countries and backgrounds, leading the international debate on how we can measure and evaluate research projects. The 2016 Conference was held in Atlanta (Georgia) from October 24 to 29, 2016, with the theme “Evaluation+Design”.

The three researchers from CREA presented a panel focused on the results of IMPACT-EV project and the social impact criteria developed by the Social Impact Open Repository. Both the conceptualization of the IMPACT-EV results and the Social Impact Criteria were demonstrated following the scientific, policy and social impacts of the project on Gender-based Violence in Spanish Universities. Prof. Donna Mertens, Professor Emeritus – Gallaudet University and former president of the AEA, acted as a discussant and highlighted in front of the audience relevant elements for the debate such as the analysis of intangible issues or the necessity to involve stakeholders and end-users in research projects.