Knowledge utilisation to create impact

Besides scientific impact, research should also have a societal impact and contribute to solving societal issues. Within the social sciences and humanities domain, much knowledge and experience has been gained in facilitating the societal impact of research, for example within the many thematic programmes and international collaborations.

The social sciences and humanities can contribute to solutions concerning mobility, sustainability, urbanisation, governance and management, human capital and education, and provide insight into the mechanisms behind these solutions. This requires an active contribution from all parties, because knowledge utilisation for the purpose of impact mainly takes place in networks of researchers, companies and civil society organisations. To strengthen this contribution, it is important that social sciences and humanities researchers share their knowledge, make efforts to ensure it is applied, and participate in the public debate about the contribution of science to societal challenges.

Collaboration with users

Researchers increasingly carry out their studies within public-private or public-public partnerships: public or private partners are involved in the study from the start, actively participate in the project and make a contribution to it in cash or in kind. These collaborations are also becoming increasingly important within the Dutch National Research Agenda and the Dutch government's top sector policy. The collaboration preferably takes place within a process of co-design and co-creation in which both scientific knowledge from different disciplines as well as knowledge and expertise from society are used.

Research manuals have been developed to help social sciences and humanities researchers set up collaborative programmes and projects.

Knowledge utilisation


Best practices


Best practice collaboration