Evidence synthesis on measuring the distribution of benefits of research and innovation

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The aim of this study is to understand the range of benefits which derive from research and innovation (R&I), how they are measured, and the gaps in the evidence. RAND Europe was commissioned by the Steering Group of the National Academies to synthesise evidence on the range of benefits of research and innovation, including economic, health and wellbeing, sustainability, and social and cultural enrichment; how such benefits of R&I are currently assessed or measured in the UK, looking at both the datasets that are available and the limitations of the current data; the distribution of benefits, economic and beyond, across the UK, viewed for example through the lenses of population, place or sector and looked at over time; and alternative metrics and approaches that have been developed in other countries or contexts.

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