Evaluating the outcomes and processes of a research-action partnership: the need for continuous reflective evaluation

Taylor, Chantal and Cockburn, Jessica and Rouget, Mathieu and Ray-Mukherjee, Jayanti and Mukherjee, Shomen and Slotow, Rob and Roberts, Debra and Boon, Richard and O’Donoghue, Sean and Douwes, Errol (2016) Evaluating the outcomes and processes of a research-action partnership: the need for continuous reflective evaluation. Bothalia - African Biodiversity & Conservation, 46 (2). pp. 1-16.

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Abstract

Programme evaluation and evaluation research have received considerable attention recently (e.g. Fazey et al. 2013; Rossi, Lipsey & Freeman 2003). The quality and significance of research programmes are traditionally evaluated against tangible, clearly measured outputs linked directly to the research itself, such as the number of peer-reviewed publications, number of citations, graduate training and other direct deliverables. Such systems of evaluation tend to suit research in well-defined disciplines but are potentially inappropriate for evaluating interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research. Transdisciplinary (TD) research results tend to compete with the criterion of academic achievement in disciplinary research and are seldom evaluated in terms of their TD contribution (Bergmann et al. 2005). Given the pluralism of disciplines, research paradigms, and stakeholders’ expectations, inter- and transdisciplinary research programmes require a specific approach for evaluation (Klein 2008).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Programme evaluation, evaluation research, interdisciplinary collaboration
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Life sciences; biology > Ecology
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Mr. Krishnamoorti Chavan
Date Deposited: 24 May 2018 11:52
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 10:11
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URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/218
Publisher URL: https://journals.co.za/content/journal/10520/EJC-4...

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