Evaluation of research in context: an approach and two cases

Stefan de Jong, Pleun van Arensbergen, Floortje Daemen, Barend van der Meulen, Peter van den Besselaar

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Science is increasingly heterogeneous, posing new questions for research evaluation. How can we evaluate the between scientific and societal quality of research, taking into account differences between research fields and between research groups? In this paper we present the findings of two case studies in fields where societal and scholarly output of research are highly intertwined (architecture and law). We analyze the nature of the two fields in terms of research areas and specific aspects of knowledge dynamics. This results in an approach and indicators for contextual research evaluation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-72
JournalResearch Evaluation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

Bibliographical note

We acknowledge funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no. 230330, the SIAMPI project. We thank the ERiC Platform
and the ERiC and SIAMPI researchers for their contributions, especially Mark Pen, Jack Spaapen, Leonie van Drooge, and Frank Wamelink. We also thank the staff at the involved
universities and the stakeholders for their willingness to collaborate in this project. The comments of two anonymous reviewers were helpful for improving an earlier draft.
PvdB, SPLdJ and PvA contributed to the design of the study, data analysis and writing. All authors contributed to data collection.

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