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Evaluating Research beyond Scientific Impact - How to Include Criteria for Productive Interactions and Impact on Practice and Society

Wolf, Birge; Lindenthal, Thomas; Szerencsits, Manfred; Holbrook, J. Britt and Heß, Jürgen (2013) Evaluating Research beyond Scientific Impact - How to Include Criteria for Productive Interactions and Impact on Practice and Society. GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, 22 (2), pp. 104-114.

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Currently, established research evaluation focuses on scientific impact – that is, the impact of research on science itself. We discuss extending research evaluation to cover productive interactions and the impact of research on practice and society. The results are based on interviews with scientists from (organic) agriculture and a review of the literature on broader/social/societal impact assessment and the evaluation of interdisciplinary and ransdisciplinary research. There is broad agreement about what activities and impacts of research are relevant for such an evaluation. However, the extension of research evaluation is hampered by a lack of easily usable data. To reduce the effort involved in data collection,the usability of existing documentation procedures (e. g., proposals and reports for research funding) needs to be increased.We propose a structured database for the evaluation of scientists, projects, programmes and institutions, one that will require little additional effort beyond existing reporting requirements.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:data assessment, documentation, interdisciplinarity, organic agricul ture, practice, productive interactions, research evaluation,social/societal impact, sustainability, transdisciplinarity, BÖLN, BOELN, BÖL, BOEL, FKZ 06OE307
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Systems research and participatory research
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy
Research affiliation:Austria > FiBL Austria
Germany > Federal Organic Farming Scheme - BOELN > Training/Knowledge Transfer > Training/Knowledge Transfer
Germany > University of Kassel > Department of Organic Farming and Cropping
Related Links:http://www.bundesprogramm-oekolandbau.de, http://www.bundesprogramm.de/fkz=06OE307, https://orgprints.org/perl/search/advanced?addtitle%2Ftitle=&keywords=06OE307&projects=BOEL&_order=bypublication&_action_search=Suchen
Deposited By: Wolf, Birge
ID Code:26963
Deposited On:29 Sep 2014 11:04
Last Modified:29 Sep 2014 11:04
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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