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Creating what we seek to measure – how to understand the performative aspect of impact evaluation?

Smit, Jorrit and Hessels, Laurens (2021) Creating what we seek to measure – how to understand the performative aspect of impact evaluation? Impact of Social Sciences Blog (13 Sep 2021). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

A common feature of evaluation mechanisms across many fields of activity is the influence they have on shaping perceptions and practices within them. In the UK a key argument in favour of the inclusion of impact within the REF has been the way in which, for better or worse, it has sensitised UK academics to how research can impact society. In this post, Jorrit Smit and Laurens Hessels, draw on a recent analysis of different impact evaluation tools to explore how they constitute and direct conceptions of research impact. Finding a common separation between evaluation focused on scientific and societal impact, they suggest bridging this divide may prove beneficial to producing research that has public value, rather than research that achieves particular metrics.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2021 14:45
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2021 14:45
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/112326

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