Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University
Frank van der Most
Use and non-use of research evaluation A literature review
Abstract: This paper reviews the literature in research evaluation
and in social program evaluation on the topic of use and effects of
research evaluation. The past two or three decades have seen the emergence
of several new forms of research evaluation next to the existing peer
review practices on papers and project proposals. The UK Research
Assessment Exercises are among the most studied and discussed ones. Many
other types of evaluations have received some attention but when it comes
to their use and effects, interest also quickly faded. It seems time to
re-address the issue and see what can be learned from the existing
literature for a study of use and effects. The paper also draws on
literature from social program evaluation for additional insights since in
this field the concern for use and effects is further developed. The most
important insight gained is that use and effects of evaluations extend
beyond those implied by policy-cycle perspectives and peer review.
Furthermore, concepts and conceptual frames from the field of science and
technology studies can be productive in the study of a wide range of use
and effects, including the pressing issue of non-use.
Keywords: Research evaluation; social program evaluation; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: O30; (follow links to similar papers)
37 pages, January 20, 2011
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