Impact at KTH
KTH's work within impact describes and communicates the impact KTH has on its surrounding society through our research, education and cooperation.
What is impact?
Impact can be defined as an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia. Impact can also mean an effect on, change or benefit to the activity, attitude, awareness, behaviour, capacity, opportunity, performance, policy, practice or process, or an understanding of an audience, beneficiary, community, constituency, organisation or individuals in any geographic location whether locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.
The purpose of the work with impact is to contribute to inspiration, systematics and concrete thinking in order to strengthen, describe and demonstrate the impact KTH has on society.
There are currently several external factors that pushes impact higher up on the agenda, for example:
- Increased demands regarding including impact in research application
- Coming requirements to display one's impact when applying for academic positions
- Higher demands (globally) to demonstrate the societal impact of research and education
- Swedish politics wants to see what good tax funded grants does
There are several benifits for KTH to work with Impact, for example:
- Be perceived as a leading party nationally within impact
- Be competitive when applying for research funds (where impact has a central role)
- Increase the engagement from public and private sector in our programmes and courses
- Create internal transparency and thereby increase the possibilities of collaboration
- Encourage multidisciplinary cooperation in research and education
- Increase the appeal for KTH's students and employees
KTH has been working with impact since 2012. That same year KTH performed the research evaluation RAE2012 in which impact and engagement was included.
Since 2013, there has been several projects to increase knowledge and systematics in order to display KTH's effects on society. As of 2015 the role "Impact leader" has been active at KTH's schools to coordinate the work with impact at their respective schools.
The work with impact was supported by Vinnoa between 2013 and 2017. As of 2018 the project is finance by KTH.
KTH's work with impact is coordinated by Johan Blaus, project manager at KTH Business liaison. The steering group has the overall responsibility for KTH's work with impact. It consists of:
Each school has at least one impact leader. The impact leader is responsible for the strategic work at his or her school. Several schools also have one or two communicators involved in the project.