Open Evaluation 2016: International Scientific Conference on RTI Policy Evaluation

openevaluationEl evento se realizará el 24 y 25 de noviembre de 2016 en el Techgate Vienna. Es organiza por la Austrian Platform Research and Technology Evaluation, el Manchester Institute of Innovation Research y el IFRIS – Institut Francilien Recherche, Innovation et Société. La conferencia se dedica a temas de evaluación de polí­ticas de investigación, tecnologí­a e innovación. Enví­o de abstracts hasta el 15 de abril. 

The largest conference in Europe dedicated to the evaluation of policies in the field of research, technology and innovation policy will gather academics, evaluators, research managers, authorities and RTI policy makers to debate challenging developments in RTI policy and their effects on evaluation theory and practice.

The conference addresses new actor settings, approaches and themes in RTI policy evaluation. Thus, the term OPEN EVALUATION signals openness towards new values, new stakeholders and beneficiaries and new approaches and themes in RTI policies and RTI evaluations.

The conference invites submissions in six focal thematic areas. Papers and posters beyond these focal areas are welcomed too.



1) Open evaluation – Changing the role of evaluation of RTI policy to incorporate new values, RRI and new forms of science

We specifically invite contributions aiming to discuss and assess new values and the changing nature of research, technology development and innovation such as

Assessments of the effectiveness of new forms of science and innovative approaches
Assessment of the relevance and effectiveness of citizen science
Appraising the inclusion of citizens and civil society organisations in review procedures, in programmatic RTI agenda setting and research processes
Scientific misconduct within evaluations and identified by evaluations
Understanding the role of evaluation for responsible research and innovation

2) Social innovation, societal impact, societal challenges

We specifically invite contributions tackling issues such as

Evaluation of programmes and instruments supporting social innovations
Evaluation of societal challenges driven programmes or initiatives
Measuring the societal impact of RTI policy interventions
Societal impacts of agricultural research (new)

3) Evaluation approaches for policies and programmes in social sciences and humanities (SSH)

We specifically invite contributions discussing and assessing the use of SSH research inside and outside academia, such as

Assessment of the impact of SSH research and how it can create benefits in society and economy
New and alternative metrics for assessing SSH research
Evaluation of innovative approaches, new pilots and programmes for enhancing and valorising the benefits of SSH in society, economy and policy/government

4) Challenges and new approaches to evaluate European RTI policies and programmes

We specifically invite contributions tackling issues such as

Evaluation of European (and international) RTI infrastructures
New approaches in evaluating structural fund investments in RTI
Evaluation and monitoring of smart specialisation
Evaluation of new approaches and instruments of Horizon 2020 (incl. ERC, FET, JTI, JPI etc.)

5) New evaluation approaches – data, methods, indicators

We specifically invite contributions tackling issues such as

Beyond the ordinary – experiments in RTI evaluations: inspirations, successes and failures
New developments in evaluation methodologies
Use of new approaches to data collection and indicator development for evaluation (including altmetrics)

6) RTI policy evaluation in the policy-making process

We specifically invite contributions tackling issues such as

Specific characteristics of RTI as determinants of evaluation approaches
Organising evaluation for use in RTI policy-making
Policy learning from evaluations
Standards and quality assurance mechanisms for safeguarding the societal credibility of RTI policy evaluations
Enabling conditions for transparent evidence-based RTI policy evaluations
Connecting research evaluation and public research funding allocations – frameworks, conditions, implications
Selected papers will be clustered in sessions and panels. Additionally, a poster session is planed. Special sessions may complement the programme.

Based on topical fit and quality, selected authors will be invited to submit their papers to a special issue of “Research Evaluation”, an interdisciplinary journal covering the emerging methods, experiences and lessons for appraising and evaluating research. Research Evaluation has readers in universities, governments, research councils, funding agencies, consultancies, etc., around the world. It is in the Social Science Citation Index (Web of Science), Google Scholar, SCOPUS and many other databases.



Submission of extended abstracts of 3 to 5 pages including references until April 15, 2016

Confirmation acceptance: June 30, 2016

Conference: November, 24-25, 2016

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