Methods for mapping the impact of social sciences and humanities - a literature review

David Budtz Pedersen, Jonas Følsgaard Grønvad, Rolf Hvidtfeldt

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This article explores the current literature on ‘research impact’ in the social sciences and humanities (SSH). By providing a comprehensive review of available literature, drawing on national and international experiences, we take a systematic look at the impact agenda within SSH. The primary objective of this article is to examine key methodological components used to assess research impact comparing the advantages and disadvantages of each method. The study finds that research impact is a highly complex and contested concept in the SSH literature. Drawing on the strong methodological pluralism emerging in the literature, we conclude that there is considerable room for researchers, universities, and funding agencies to establish impact assessment tools directed towards specific missions while avoiding catch-all indicators and universal metrics.
Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch Evaluation
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)4-21
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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