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ASIRPA: socio-economic analysis of the diversity of Impacts of Public Research for Agriculture

The ASIRPA approach

18/01/2018

The purpose of the ASIRPA approach, designed and implemented at INRA, is to define and quantify the socio-economic impact of research using a methodology based on standardized case studies. This approach allows us to overcome the limitations of existing methods, be they cost-benefit methods that concentrate mainly on the economic dimension of research, or approaches based on individual case studies that make it very difficult to identify invariants and produce aggregate results. Another objective is to stimulate learning within INRA about impact generating mechanisms.

Combining scientific rigor with feasibility

The ASIRPA approach is based on the realization of case studies according to standardized modalities, and the use of three analytical tools: a chronology, an impact pathway, and an impact vector. By formalizing a systematic framework for data collection, ASIRPA offers the possibility of aggregating the results and exposing a cross-sectional analysis to draw lessons across the Institute. Furthermore, the researchers who used the ASIRPA method testify to the formative dimension of the approach. As a rule, the realization of the case studies gave them a better understanding of the environment in which they operate.

More than 40 case studies to date

The ASIRPA approach was designed in such a way as to combine scientific rigor and operational efficacy, and the first results have confirmed its validity and pertinence.  Developed as part of a research project, and validated by scientific publications, ASIRPA is an inexpensive approach that is implemented routinely for the evaluation of INRA research departments (44 case studies completed by December 2017- See the list on this site).

Asirpa at a glance

The following brochure presents Asirpa methodology and main results

Overview of ASIRPA

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What does it bring to evaluate the societal impact of research?

Why researchers can find it useful to produce case studies to evaluate their societal impact
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A selection of scientific publications and communications

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Conclusions of the International Conference "societal values of agricultural research" Nov 2015, Paris

The international conference ImpAR (https://colloque.inra.fr/impar), organized by the ASIRPA team on 3-4 Nov 2015 in Paris, gathered international...
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