The impact of Interfasol: participant survey


INTERFASOL SURVEY –  Impact of participation to COST IS1311 

A survey was administered to INTERFASOL members in April 2018

Forty one responses were gathered, 56% are from inclusiveness countries, 70% from MC and WG members, as the remaining  were from ECIs’ TS and STSM participants. 46% belong to INTERFASOL since the kick-off meeting, and 39% entered during the 1st or 2nd year; 49% were senior researchers; 28% participated in 75% of the meetings and Conferences, and 30% in 3 or less.  

The survey asked to indicate whether participation in Interfasol COST Action IS1311 allowed some progress in specific aspects of their professional life:  59% of the respondent referred more than 3 benefits.

More precisely, INTERFASOL participation improved:

  • their research network = 88%;   
  • their knowledge = 66%;   
  • their skills = 41%;   
  • their projects = 32%;   
  • their social and political engagement = 27%;   
  • their career = 22%;  
  • their student network = 5%;  
  • their job prospect = 2%.  

Moreover, results showed that significant differences are observed among ECIs, researchers who had 8 to 15 years after PhD (YR) and established researchers(ER): 36% of ECIs and 43% of (YR) explicitly reported positive INTERFASOL impact on their career, while only 5% of ER did so; 81% of younger researcher (ECIs + YR) reported a positive impact in terms of knowledge development, while this is the case for only 50% of ER. No differences among younger and more established researchers are observed in the remaining benefits.

Questions about short and long terms benefits revealed also more specific impacts of INTERFASOL, such as :

  • Be aware about the implication of interdisciplinarity and doing collaborative research, open network to other discipline.   
  • Develop joint grant proposals (some were a direct consequence of STSM), building consortia and collaboration to European projects (E.G. willingness to apply for another COST Action).   
  • Fostering personal engagement and improve publications in the intergenerational research field.   
  • Meeting young researchers interested in similar issues and staying connected with a number of them.   
  • Mentoring young researchers.   
  • Being aware about the need for outcomes diffusion to policy makers.    

We can conclude that the global impact of INTERFASOL participation is very positive, either for ECI’s, career young (YR) or more established researchers (EC). Most of them pointed out several professional benefits, not only in collaborative terms through the expansion of their research network, but also in terms of the improvement of their own investment in the intergenerational and family solidarity domain; they also mentioned their increased awareness of the need for academics to become more involved with stakeholders, from a mutually enriching perspective.





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