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Impact Evaluations

By its nature, relatively short-term performance monitoring cannot be expected to provide a full picture of the broader economic and societal benefits our organisation supports. We therefore carry out evaluation studies on our longer-term impacts.

The following studies and reports illustrate this range of impacts and have been carried out either by or in collaboration with key stakeholders.


Contact: Evidence & Impact

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Evaluation of the benefits that the UK has derived from CERN (2020)

This report presents the main findings from an evaluation of the benefits that the UK has derived from CERN; it was prepared by Technopolis on behalf of STFC. An Evidence Document and an infographic are also available to download.

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Evaluation of the SLA between STFC’s Scientific Computing Department and EPSRC (2019)

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This report summarises the main findings from the evaluation of the Service Level Agreement (SLA) with the EPSRC, commissioned by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to Technopolis in December 2017.

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Hartree Centre phase 1 & 2 baseline evaluation (2018)

The Hartree Centre is a high performance computing (HPC) and data analytics research centre that is working to transform UK industry by accelerating the adoption of HPC, big data and cognitive technologies. This independent report provides an early view of the benefits the centre is delivering to its industry partners and the wider economy through an assessment of its first years of operation (phase 1 and 2 investments).

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Summary Bibliometric Analyses in Astronomy and Physics with supplemental analysis on impact and collaboration (2017)

The Summary Bibliometric Analyses in Astronomy and Physics report examines the UK's bibliometric performance in relation to other leading scientific nations. The analysis was undertaken by Clarivate Analytics and draws upon their unique Field-Normalised citation impact (NCIf) factor. Impact profiles have been included in the analysis, which show the distribution of papers according to their NCIf, by country.

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Sci-Tech Daresbury Campus Impact Report (2017)

This independent report by economic development consultants SQW presents the findings from a study of the economic and wider impacts generated by the activities conducted at the Sci-Tech Daresbury Campus, one of the UK's leading science and innovation campuses. A broad range of impacts are included in the assessment; such as new technologies to support world-leading science, alongside impacts on the performance of tenant firms and the benefit from on-site collaborations, as well as wider beneficial impacts in public engagement and skills development.

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ISIS Neutron and Muon Source Lifetime Impact Report (2016)

This ISIS Lifetime Impact Study is an independent, in-depth review of the ISIS neutron and muon source, which outlines the wide range of economic and social impacts of the facility. This ambitious and far-reaching evaluation was commissioned as a result of recommendations from the BEIS "Big Science and Innovation Report". Many of the conclusions, drawn independently, demonstrate the direct relevance of the facility to the UK's Industrial Strategy, announced in January 2017. The ISIS Lifetime Impact Study by Technopolis, an independent group of economists, has estimated the immediate direct economic impact of ISIS over 30 years. It also characterises the wider impacts under research, innovation and skills that have already been delivered and those predicted to occur up to 2030.

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Oxford Instruments and STFC Forty Years of Collaboration

Since the 1970s, STFC and Oxford Instruments have developed a mutually beneficial relationship, building on scientific discoveries and their industrial application to create technological benefits for both organisations, and creating impact for the UK’s economy and society.

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The UK Impact of Cryogenics (2015)

This report by Warwick Economics & Development asserts that STFC is at the heart of cryogenics R&D in the UK – operating world-class facilities requiring and deploying cryogenics expertise, helping to develop new technologies, and providing long-term research funding to universities to support scientific areas that are reliant on cryogenics.

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The economic impact of physics research in the UK: MRI scanners (2012)

Research carried out by STFC played a major role in enabling the development of MRI, most notably through development of superconducting magnet technology. This case study outlines the importance of the MRI industry to the UK economy and associated societal impacts.

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The economic impact of physics research in the UK: Satellite Navigation (2012)

STFC is playing a crucial role in two key areas of satellite navigation technologies, this case study outlines the importance of this technology to the UK’s economy and STFC’s role.

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Last updated: 16 July 2020

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