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Evaluating interdisciplinary social science initiatives: experiences from the UK

Peter Halfpenny and Ian Miles ()

Research Evaluation, 1993, vol. 3, issue 3, 134-150

Abstract: The problems involved in evaluating interdisciplinary social science initiatives are described, based on experience appraising large ESRC-funded projects undertaken in the UK. The methods used include interview and questionnaire approaches addressed to investigators, the research community, and potential users of the research. While there was substantial consensus among different groups as to the achievements of the Initiative, especially in terms of the data produced, there was greater diversity in the assessment of the intellectual contribution and policy use of the results. This reflected the diversity of disciplinary, methodological and institutional locations of the assessors. Such diversity is more often than not going to be the rule when interdisciplinary research is involved. This has significant implications for evaluation practice. Copyright , Beech Tree Publishing.

Date: 1993
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