Bridging Social Psychology: On Creating Societal Impact, 2017-2018

Kurt Lewin Instituut
Heidelberglaan 1
Room Number H1.42
The Netherlands
T: +31 (0)30 - 253 3027

Bridging Social Psychology: On Creating Societal Impact, 2017-2018

Teaching staff
Drs. Minou van der Werf (Leiden University/Nibud), prof. dr. Wilco van Dijk (Leiden University/Nibud), prof. dr. Jojanneke van der Toorn (Leiden University/Utrecht University), Dr. Lotte van Dillen (Leiden University).

Type of course
Methodological and Practical Courses

Around October, 2017 (specific date to be announced)

Leiden University, Room to be announced

This course has been cancelled

1 day


0,5 EC will be appointed for participation in the complete course.

• to make PhD candidates aware of possibilities for creating social impact
• to enable them to create strategies to do so
• to let them take the first steps toward realising such strategies.

Policy makers, institutions, and companies increasingly show interest in, and call for the help from behavioural scientists. For researchers, in turn, applying their work to societal issues can be very rewarding and a good way to test the broader applicability of their work, In addition, recent developments have made social impact a focal point in the acquisition of funding. To give an example, from 2012 on NWO has added the paragraph on utilisation of knowledge as an explicit judgment criterion for the NWO Vernieuwingsimpuls (VENI), alongside the quality of researcher and proposal. For all these reasons it may be worthwhile for researchers to consider the ways in which they can valorise their work (generate social impact).
In short, valorising research is an increasingly important aspect of doing research. However up until now, valorisation may not have been a focal point for individual researchers or research groups. Consequently, a lack of discussion of and reflection on the societal impact of research may have led researchers to miss opportunities for applying their research and setting up collaborations with stakeholders outside academia, which has benefits in terms of access to data and dissemination of scientific knowledge, funding, and generating new theoretical insights. In addition to all these advantages, creating social impact can simply be a lot of fun!
Educating KLI members about opportunities for valorisation creates value in several ways. It enables researchers to become more sensitive to opportunities for valorisation in the context of their current projects, as will be the aim of this workshop. It will help them to take the step from a promise of relevance, towards a practice of impact.

At the end of today, participants will have a realistic view on valorisation of their own research.
The day starts with a short plenary introduction on valorisation. What is valorisation? What is the difference between valorisation and teaching, or valorisation and dissemination? What are the responsibilities of a PhD candidate? Does it help or harm your scientific career? Teaching staff will share their experiences and will give examples of the many ways in which one can create societal impact.
Based on this, participants will apply the insights on their own research project. In several breakout groups they will address issues such as: What is the relevance of my research? How can I go beyond this promise of relevance, and create a real impact? What actions do I need to take, in order to realise this? Teaching staff will guide the breakout groups. Participants are asked to write in advance a valorisation plan or proposition which contains concrete first steps they can take towards creating such opportunities. Participants will finish the day with a short pitch of their valorisation proposition on which they will receive feedback from peers and teaching staff.
Participants will be actively stimulated to keep in contact after the workshop, in order to implement their ideas for valorisation.

Drenth, P. J. D. (2008). Psychology: is it applied enough? Applied Psychology, 57, 524-540.

Aukje Nauta & Carsten de Dreu (2012): Een pleidooi voor valorisatie van de Arbeids- en Organisatiepsychologie. Gedrag & Organisatie (25) 3.

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