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Evaluation on the impact of the Finnish Open Science and Research Initiative is published

The evaluation on the impact of the Open Science and Research (ATT) Initiative both nationally and internationally was published at the Nordic Open Science and Research Forum 22.11. This external evaluation was ordered by Ministry of Education and Culture and the target groups of the evaluation were the research organisations and their staff members, research funders, the national stakeholders, representatives of the economic affairs and employment and international organisations (UNESCO, OECD, European Commission, Nordforsk and Nordic Council of Ministries).

To sum up, the ATT Initiative has been a dynamic, multi-actor and multi-level facilitator of the transformation towards open science. As a whole, the initiative has had a strong impact on the interest level. The ATT Initiative has been able to raise interest in open science among its target groups.

According to the evaluation, the impact on politics and strategies has been medium strong. On the operational level, the impact has been weak. However, many instructions and services are still at developing phase and they focus on the operational level of the target groups. Thus, the impact is expected to increase during the final period of the ATT Initiative.  The research funders have been an exception as they have been very active in promoting open science.

The target groups generated a set of ideas for the ATT Initiative's operations in its final year, 2017. The ideas cover the following themes: (1) active participation in international forums, (2) collection of best practices, (3) special attention towards open innovation and (4) specific actions in order to activate the researchers and staff members.

All the participants in the evaluation process highlighted the importance of the continuation of the ATT Initiative in some form. The current collaborative and practical approach has been praised. Finland is seen as a forerunner in open science and thus the conceptualisation of the ATT Initiative and knowledge exchange have been expressed as a wish by international organisations.

Dr. Lauri Tuomi, CEO, Profitmakers Ltd, served as an external evaluator and the process was executed during the period from June to November 2016.

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