PT A/2: Measuring Success
14:00 - 15:30

How Do We Know We Invest in the Right Things? Discussion on Building Quality Assurance and Review into the Investment Selection Process.


With resources always being limited, making decisions about what will serve the needs of the stakeholders (i.e., citizens, governments, businesses, teachers, etc.) and what infrastructures to invest in is of utmost importance. The need to invest strategically and in the right areas continues, especially in the face of climate change, environmental degradation, health threats, and societal or cybersecurity considerations. In the post-pandemic world, many nations will be looking even more carefully at their expenditures and programming in the light of budgetary redress.

While measuring impacts remains important, prioritising investments in the right things in the first place becomes even more important. This session will explore how bodies that contribute to research infrastructure investments make decisions, what mechanisms they use to guide their choices, and how public policy and strategy considerations, quality assurance and learning are built into their process.

  • Alasdair Reid, Policy Director, EFIS Centre, Belgium
  • Emanuela Sirtori, Partner and Senior Researcher, Centre for Industrial Studies (CSIL), Italy
  • Susie Robinson, Executive Director, Australian Plant Phenomics Facility


Parallel Theme A: Societal and Economic Benefits and Impact of Research Infrastructures  
The topic of socio-economic benefits and impact of RIs and their assessment is widely discussed in Europe and worldwide. This Parallel Theme (PT) aims to show a broader perspective than highlighting the traditional economic impact RIs have. The focus will be on specific examples of societal impact and benefits RI have in concrete environments in different parts of the world. The speakers will introduce showcases and good-practice examples to demonstrate that RIs have the potential to change the whole environment, including the perception of science, attitude to education, or the life of communities in the RI neighbourhood. We will discuss how we measure the impact and the benefits of RI, or how we know we invest in the right thing. We will cover the topic of assessment, raising public awareness and knowledge about RI, stakeholder management, and the engagement of citizens.
- PT A/1: Communicating Successes and Raising Awareness among Decision-makers, Their Influencers, and the Public  
- PT A/2: How Do We Know We Are Investing in the Right Things? A Discussion on Building Quality Assurance and Review into the Investment Selection Process.
- PT A/3: Advancing Knowledge. Transforming Lives. Inspiring Nations - the Transformative Effect of Research Infrastructures