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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00286

Impact Assessment in Psychological Research and Communicative Methodology Provisionally accepted The final, formatted version of the article will be published soon. Notify me

  • 1University of Zaragoza, Spain
  • 2University of Barcelona, Spain
  • 3University of Girona, Spain
  • 4University of Rovira i Virgili, Spain

Recent advancements in the social impact assessment of science have shown the diverse methodologies being developed to monitor and evaluate the improvements for society as a result of research. These assessment methods include indicators to gather both quantitative and qualitative evidence of the social impact of science achieved in the short, medium and long terms. In psychology, the impact of research has been mainly analysed in relation to scientific publications in journals, but less is known about the methods for the social impact assessment of psychological research. Impact assessment in the domains of educational psychology and organizational psychology presents synergies with bottom-up approaches that include the voices of citizens and stakeholders in their analyses. Along these lines, the communicative methodology (CM) emerges as a methodology useful for the communicative evaluation of the social impact of research. Although the CM has widely demonstrated social impact in the social sciences, less is known about how it has been used and the impact achieved in psychological research. This article unpacks how to achieve social impact in psychology through the CM. In particular, it focuses on the theoretical underpinnings of the CM, the postulates linked to psychological research and some key actions for the implementation of the CM in relation to the design of advisory committees, working groups and plenary meetings in research. Furthermore, it shows how the CM has been implemented in illustrative cases in psychological research. The article finishes with a conclusion and recommendations to further explore the ways in which the CM enables the social impact of research in psychology.

Keywords: impact assessment, Communicative methodology, psychological research, Social impact, methods

Received: 23 Sep 2019; Accepted: 06 Feb 2020.

Copyright: © 2020 Redondo-Sama, Díez-Palomar, Campdepadrós and Morlà. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Gisela Redondo-Sama, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain, grsama@unizar.es