Securing dual-use expertise IV: measuring success & building sustainability

Revill, James (2011) Securing dual-use expertise IV: measuring success & building sustainability. In: Securing Dual Use Expertise: Developing Sustainable Global Engagement and Outreach Programmes, 15-16th November, 2010, Grand Hotel di Como, Como, Italy.

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Measuring success in engagement programmes dealing with the human dimension is a complex process, which can no longer be addressed solely through depending on quantitative measurements, which often lack the capacity to adequately assess inter alia, the quality of engagement, the enduring value of any programme and the extent in contribute to overarching objectives. Certainly, experience with other Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) activities in the US has suggested, "hard 'scorecard' metrics, often very quantitative in nature, are not always going to be adequate measures of a program's success". Accordingly, in the future it will be necessary to think creatively with regard to measuring the success of programmes dealing with the human dimension, and move towards the exploitation of quantitative and qualitative measures which look at success from the perspective of all the primary stakeholders in any partnership. However, any approach to developing metrics and measures must ensure that evaluation is not overly complicated or generates an unnecessary administrative burden upon those managing projects. Thus, a balance is required between the development of adequate metrics, with the need for user-friendly, policy relevant results that do not prove an overly burdensome load on project officers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Conference paper which appears to have been useful to governments in thinking through metrics for more abstract, less readily quantifiable, security and non proliferation related projects.
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations > JZ5511.2 Promotion of peace. Peaceful change > JZ5587 International security. Disarmament. Global survival
Depositing User: James Revill
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:14
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2012 18:15
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