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A methodology for identifying results and impacts in technological innovation projects

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  • Liliane de Almeida, Integrated Colleges of Taquara
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  • Diego Augusto de Jesus Pacheco
  • Carla Schwengber ten Caten, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
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  • Carlos Fernando Jung, Integrated Colleges of Taquara, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

As investments in policies and projects in science, technology, and innovation (STI) grow, it becomes increasingly important to determine the benefits society receives in return for the public resources thus invested. However, existing methodologies are somewhat limited in scope as they do not possess mechanisms for correctly identifying non-measurable, indirect results and impacts. This study addresses these knowledge shortcomings, and it proposes and validates an alternative method to identify the social, environmental, and economic outcomes and indirect impacts of STI projects. Findings indicate that the proposed method helps fills the gaps in knowledge about ex-post methodologies used to evaluate indirect results and impacts in STI projects. One aspect that sets the proposed method apart from the existing approaches is that it contemplates a wide range of analytical categories of indirect impacts for assessing the effects of STI projects. The principal academic and practical contribution of this study is the development of an accessible artifact that can identify the results and indirect impacts of projects in diverse areas of STI. The study extends the understanding on the methodologies to identifying results and indirect impacts of STI projects.

TidsskriftTechnology in Society
Antal sider13
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2021

Bibliografisk note

Funding Information:
This study was financed in part by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior – Brasil (CAPES) – Finance Code 001 .

Funding Information:
Selecting the project. Project B consisted of the creation of the “Mobile Technology School (EMTEC)" and a bus equipped with didactic prototypes developed to demonstrate the applicability and importance of the engineering profession. The bus-school had a small video room where audiovisuals could be shown to small audiences. This project was funded by the Funding Authority for Studies and Projects (FINEP), a prestigious Brazilian scientific funding organization. The project was led by an experienced professor and researcher and executed at the Integrated Colleges of Taquara. This innovative technological project aimed to demonstrate to high school students and their teachers the importance of Engineering professionals for the development of new products and processes that improve the quality of life of society. This project had a duration of four years. It was found that its objectives were well defined and fully documented with evidence of attainment.

Funding Information:
Selecting the Project. Project A was called “Development of Sustainable Products in Environments of the Product-Service System,” and it was funded by the National Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technologic Development (CNPq), one of most important national scientific fundations. It was coordinated by a senior professor and researcher from the postgraduate program in Production Engineering of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, ranked as the best Brazilian federal University. This technological project aimed to develop sustainable products by using alternative materials resulting in a product-service system business model. We found that the objectives were clearly defined, and the documentation confirmed the fulfilment of the objectives. The project started at the end of 2008, and its full term was 48 months.

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