03 / 06 / 2020
The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission (EC)’s science and knowledge service, has recently published its “Knowledge Transfer (KT) Metrics’ Report” which aims to provide evidence-based scientific support to European policymaking process. This scientific output has been prepared by the Expert Group on KT Metrics appointed by the Competence Centre on Technology Transfer of the EC’s Joint Research Centre in partnership with the Association of European Science & Technology Transfer Professionals (ASTP). The group undertook the study in the period September 2019 – February 2020.
KT is seen as an essential core of innovation and a mechanism for dissemination of research results, which can drive innovation leading to economic and social benefit and can enable publicly funded research organisations to advance their research. In parallel, the use of KT indicators has value beyond simple assessment of outputs, offering a window on progress which, in turn, can inform and influence policy and practice. In this framework, this report provides a set of recommendations for core KT indicators and routes to their adoption, but also an interpretation of those indicators which necessarily, including expansion to input indicators which set the outcomes.