Evaluating the Role of HEIs’ Interaction with Surrounding Society
Developmental Pilot in Sweden 2013-2016
Emily Wise, Mårten Berg, Maria Landgren, Sylvia Schwaag Serger, Mats Benner, Eugenia Perez Vico
Driven by increased expectations on the use of knowledge to benefit sustainable social development and growth, the government’s research and innovation bill in 2012 highlighted the need to develop new incentives and structures to foster universities’ interaction with surrounding society. Following this, the government assigned Vinnova the task of developing methods and criteria for assessing the performance and quality of universities’ societal interaction. In responding to the government assignment, Vinnova’s ultimate aim was to strengthen the quality and relevance of research and education through developing the societal interaction of HEIs and in turn bolstering Swedish HEIs’ attractiveness and competitiveness globally. Thus, our focus was not on creating metrics, but rather on designing an approach to incentivize HEI’s own continual development of their interaction with surrounding society.