Open Science Impact Pathways (PathOS)

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PathOS is a 36-month project (September 2022 to August 2025), funded by the Horizon Europe program (Grant agreement ID: 101058728 / DOI: 10.3030/101058728), coordinated by Athena Research and Innovation Center (Greece), with the participation of the CNRS (Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay, Tommaso Venturini, Floriana Gargiulo and Simon Apartis).

This project aims to collect concrete evidence of Open Science effects, study the pathways of Open Science practices, from input to output, outcome and impact, including the consideration of enabling factors and key barriers.

The concept behind PathOS is to identify and document the Open Science Impact Pathways, i.e., the possible paths that connect the input to output, outcome and impact, including the causal mechanisms linking them and the existing enabling or blocking factors. Impact pathways respond to the need not only to estimate and measure net effects of a policy intervention, but to provide explanations why and how impacts occur. 

PathOS enables a new understanding of Open Science impacts and their causal mechanisms. Synthesising and structuring current evidence, PathOS will develop new methods and tools for measuring impact following a 6-step iterative process, via pilot-testing from in-depth case studies.

CNRS is leading the work of defining the Societal Impact Indicators and the data, methods, and tools necessary to estimate them (WP2). Additionally, CNRS is running the France case study: research data and knowledge use / uptake in non-academia.