Forecasting impact of technology developed in RandD projects: The FITMAN approach
Authors: Jansson, K., Karvonen, I., Kettunen, O., Ollus, M., Hooper, C.J., Engen, V., Pickering, B., Surridge, M. and Redwood, M.
Journal: 2015 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation/ International Technology Management Conference, ICE/ITMC 2015
A typical two-or three-year research project has an impact that is only really visible after the project has come to an end, at a time when there are no resources to monitor that impact. As a consequence, projects need to estimate/predict their future impact before they end. In this paper we describe the impact activity monitoring method in the FITMAN project. This method addresses the problem by accounting for actions to raise impact during a project and the planning for such actions after a project has ended. We also describe the socio-economic impact assessment methodology created in FITMAN, showing how this links to the impact activity monitoring method. Key to both is the assessment and monitoring of impact in three different areas: industry, society and the scientific community. Each area represents different challenges and we discuss their relative value to the overall assessment. We also report on our early experiences of applying this to ten industry-led use case trials in the FITMAN project. The insights gained by applying these methodologies can be more widely applied across domains related to technology management.