Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Evaluation: The causes and consequences of isolation
|Starts:||13:00 26 Nov 2015|
|Ends:||14:00 26 Nov 2015|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Manchester Institute of Innovation Research|
|Venue opening hours:||1-2pm (coffee from 12.30pm)|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
Evaluation has long been an important component of the policy process and the focus of a broad field of academic work. The evaluation research community is large, growing and vibrant. It revolves around a core set of generalist evaluation theories and methods that feed into evaluation practice in many policy fields (education, health, development, etc.). Yet, the theory and practice of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) evaluation has developed on the margins of, and in relative isolation from, this community. It is often claimed that such separation is explained by the exceptional problems that STIP evaluation faces. We are going to question this assumption and present work-in-progress that provides evidence of this separation, and explore its causes and consequences. We will argue that such isolation is detrimental to STIP evaluation. STIP evaluation has gravitated towards a particular approach in policy evaluation (the use of measurements to provide instrumental answers within the context of summative evaluations) while other relevant traditions in policy evaluation (Fourth Generation, participative evaluation, contribution mapping, etc.) are hardly represented.
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