The value and social impact of the scientific-technological activity: creation of an impact measurement system for the Knowledge Poles of the Euskampus Foundation

Value and social impact measurement: An example of the real value of a complex project inside the University. Selection of Important messages to transfer to the business sector

Elena Urdaneta

Ekhi Atutxa

Igor Campillo

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Background and Objectives
Euskampus as an entity that catalyses the aggregation of the University of Basque Country (UPV / EHU), a Technological Center (Tecnalia) and an excellence research center Donostia Physics Center
(DIPC) and the University of Bordeaux. The entrance of this entity reinforces the alliance established between the two Universities for international cooperation within the framework of the Bordeaux-Euskampus Cross-Border Campus, while opening new avenues of collaboration of the University of Bordeaux with the rest of Euskampus entities and with the Basque Country in general.
Strategic approach 2020: having acquired the status of Campus of International Excellence, Euskampus assumes the mission of being the instrument that establishes mechanisms that strengthen the relationships, connection and mutual trust of its partners and that allow to increase their joint international projection and deploy actions Shared training, research, transfer and dissemination of knowledge.
One of the main projects is the Poles of Knowledge. It is a space of creativity and innovation generated by cooperative dynamics based on co-creation between different researchers and other agents of the Basque Country. The generating principle is the search for answers to social and global challenges through cooperative (transdisciplinary, multi-agent) training, research and innovation actions. Currently, the Community of Poles of Knowledge focuses on the areas of 1) Marine renewable energies, 2) Sustainable and Healthy Territories, 3) Health Sciences and Technologies, 4) Industry 4.0, 5) Digitalization and the Data Science and 6) the new materials.
Through the present project Euskampus assumes the objective of building new paradigms and evaluation criteria, contextualized, and based on a debate that can lead us to think what kind of science we want and for what, that is, what is its social impact and its relevance and to what extent can they contribute to the achievement of a more just and equitable society through the response to social and global challenges. In this way, the very construction of a System of measurement of the value and social impact that in turn will be applied in the Euskampus activity itself, has as its ultimate goal to advance in the transformation, sophistication and enrichment of the current modes of evaluation established in the Science & Technology Basque Network (RVCTI).
Thus, we use the process of construction of the system for measuring value and social impact to reflect and propose new and inclusive ways of understanding how and who are part of the measurement of the value generated and also the theories and methodologies with which evaluate Ultimately, beyond the benefit that Euskampus can extract for its own strategic reflections and future redefinitions of its management plans, the project has the clear purpose of influencing the way in which the public and private institutions of the environment have to recognize and evaluate the value of the scientific-technological activities of the universities, technological centers and other entities that make up the RVCTI.
In fact, the method of Social Return on Investment (SROI) will be used to present objective, rigorous and credible results for the interest groups surrounding the activity of the Euskampus Knowledge Poles. A method that is characterized by its validity and international support and that enables a more sustainable intervention, empowering the relations of Euskampus with its ecosystem. The amount of information generated through this process fosters a very deep understanding of the intervention, creating the basis for a management oriented towards the optimization of the social value created.