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Impacts of agricultural research - towards an approach of societal values

Scientific background of INRA on societal and economic impacts assessment

Two research projects have been recently conducted by INRA on economic and societal impacts of research.

Socio-economic impact throug case studies

The ASIRPA project (Analysis of Socio-economic Impact of Agricultural Research) has been conducted between 2011 and 2015 by economists and sociologists of INRA. It is a comprehensive theory-based approach to assessing the societal impacts of a research organization through a standardized case-study analysis (www.inra.fr/asirpa).

Academic valorization:

- L. Colinet, P-B. Joly, A. Gaunand, M. Matt, P. Larédo., S. Lemarié. (2014). ASIRPA – Analyse des Impacts de la Recherche Publique Agronomique. Rapport final. Rapport préparé pour l’Inra. Paris, France.

  • Journal articles:

- A. Gaunand, A. Hocdé, S. Lemarié, M. Matt, E. de Turckheim (2015). How does public agricultural research impact society? Towards a characterization of various pathways. Research Policy 44, 849-861.

- P-B. Joly, A. Gaunand, L. Colinet, P. Larédo, S. Lemarié, M. Matt (July 2015). ASIRPA: A comprehensive theory-based approach to assessing the societal impacts of a research organization. Research Evaluation, doi: 10.1093/reseval/rvv015

- P-B. Joly, L. Colinet, A. Gaunand, S. Lemarié, P. Larédo, M. Matt (2015). L’évaluation peut-elle améliorer l’impact de la recherche? L’approche ASIRPA. Gérer et Comprendre, à paraître, décembre 2015.

  •  Book chapter:

- L. Colinet, A. Gaunand, A. Hocdé, P-B. Joly, S. Lemarié, M. Matt, P. Larédo (2012). Une approche multidimensionnelle de la mesure des effets de la recherche publique agronomique : le cas de l’INRA in O. Glassey, J.P. Leresche, O. Moeschler (eds), Penser la valeur d’usage des Sciences, Presses Universitaires de Lausanne, 2012.

  • Working paper :

-M. Matt, L. Colinet, A. Gaunand, P-B. Joly. Opening the black box of impact - Ideal types of impact pathways of a public agricultural research organization. Working Paper GAEL 2015-03.

  • Contributions to international conferences :

- "R&D Management" Grenoble 2012

- “EU-SPRI conference”, Karlsruhe, 2012

- “ANR-NSF conference”, Paris 2012

- "Evaluation of STI policies, instruments and organization", Vienne 2013

- "OECD-ESTONIA Workshop on Impact Assessment: Practices, Techniques, and Policy Challenges”, Tallin, 2014

- "Socio-economic Impact of Biomedical Research and Innovation", Santander 2015

- "European Association of Agricultural Economists conference", Chania 2015

  • Case studies issued in technical reviews
  • Organisation of scientific conferences:

- « ASIRPA International Conference», Paris, Novembre, 2012

- « Assessing impact of public policies- impact of public research. Which complementarities? », Paris, Juin 2012

- Colloque national de restitution, Paris, 26 novembre 2012

- Colloque interne de restitution, Paris, 24 janvier 2013

- « ImpAR conference: Impacts of agricultural research - an approach of societal values», 3-4 Novembre 2015, Paris

Productivity of research

Another team of economists have been investigating the productivity and rate of return of INRA’s research based on macro-economic data on agro-food and agriculture from 1978 to 2010 and stock of knowledge from 1946.

J-P Butault, S. Lemarié, A. Musolesi, F. Huard, M. Simioni, B. Schmitt (2015). L’impact de la recherche agronomique sur la productivité agricole française. Une approche par le taux de rentabilité interne (TRI) des dépenses publiques affectées à la recherche agronomique en France. INRA Sciences Sociales - N° 1/2015 - Septembre 2015. Available (in French) here.