Designing indicators for opening up evaluation: insights from research assessment

Rafols, Ismael and Stirling, Andy (2021) Designing indicators for opening up evaluation: insights from research assessment. In: Dahler-Larsen, Peter (ed.) A research agenda for evaluation. Political Science and Public Policy 2021 . Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 165-193. ISBN 9781839101076

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Abstract

The use of indicators is generally associated with a reduction of perspectival diversity in evaluation that often facilitates making decisions along dominant framings – effectively closing down debate. In this chapter we will argue that while this is indeed often the case, indicators can also be used to help support more plural evaluation and foster more productively critical debate. In order to achieve this shift, it is necessary equally to change understandings, forms and uses of indicators in decision making. These shifts involve, first, broadening out the range of ‘inputs’ taken into account; and second, opening up the ‘outputs’, in the sense of developing methodologies for indicator-based analyses to help in considering plural perspectives. In practice, this means a move towards more situated and participatory use of quantitative evidence in evaluation, a shift from universal indicators to contextualized indicating.

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Additional Information: This is a draft chapter/article. The final version is available in A research agenda for evaluation edited by [Peter Dahler-Larsen, published in 2021, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd https://doi.org/10.4337/9781839101083 The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only.
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2021 13:24
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URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/103372

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