New Zealand – The Impact of Science discussion paper

In mid-2017, MBIE sought feedback on a discussion paper examining the concept of impact as it relates to the science system.

Demonstrating and measuring the impact of science is receiving increasing attention in New Zealand and around the world. Researchers, scientists, governments, industry and communities all have an interest in better understanding the impacts of science. Scientists wish to demonstrate the benefits of their work, while governments, industry and communities wish to gain value from new knowledge.

MBIE sought feedback on a discussion paper that began a discussion on defining impact, understanding pathways to impact and clarifying some measurement issues. The paper set out why impact is important, what impact is, what impact looks like, and how and where impact is generated. It also discussed implications of an impact agenda for the science system.

Feedback on the discussion paper closed on 29 September 2017.

MBIE received 59 submissions on the discussion paper. Most were organisation-level comments from research organisations, tertiary education organisations, funding bodies, government and the business sector.

Submissions from individuals and groups of individuals were also received. This document summarises the responses made in the submissions.

MBIE will be holding further discussion with the sector over the next few months. Please send an email to if you would like to participate in further dialogue.