Social science impact includes conceptual and instrumental impacts, as well as  the transfer of skills between Research Organisations and Research Users. We have commissioned innovative studies that try to capture these broader social science impacts.

The first of these focused on ‘Conceptual Impact’, assessing the influence of Social Science on the development of UK Child Poverty Policy. The aim of this evaluation was to map conceptual developments (such as changes in thinking, debate, culture and direction) that have underpinned this area of social policy.

We also commissioned an exploratory evaluation of ‘people-flow impacts’ in the Welsh Government. The study assessed impact generated through the transfer of social science knowledge and skills across the researcher/user interface, focusing on the contribution of social scientists employed within the Welsh Government, as well as that of external academics working in collaboration with the organisation.

Following on from our study with the Welsh Government, we commissioned a similar study on the work of social scientists within central government. The study focused on the contributions to policymaking made by social scientists working within the Government Economic Service (GES) and Government Social Research Service (GSR).

We have commissioned a study focused on research impact on practice. Four case studies were developed across different areas and this evidence together with that from existing evaluations, was analysed for common enabling determinants and barriers for research impacts on practice.

We commissioned a study to explore the interrelationship between interdisciplinary research and impact. The main purpose of this exploratory study was to identify and analyse the factors and processes that promote successful interdisciplinary impact generation.