Principles of Participatory Evaluation

30. Nov 2022

What to consider when you do co-evaluation

A research team from ZSI advanced the methodology of co-evaluation in the context of a Citizen Social Science project and publised a Whitepaper on 6 core principles of co-evaluation. In short, co-evaluation is a form of participatory evaluation that engages stakeholders in a conversation on expectations, objectives and impacts already at the start of the project.

Co-evaluation is defined as a process that involves relevant actors of a scientific research project in an iterative evaluation practice applying participatory methodologies. Project goals and objectives, understandings of success, challenges, and unintended effects are collectively discussed and documented at the beginning of a project and regularly re-visited during the research design and execution, ideally even beyond the project’s end. Assessment and intended impacts hence become transparent entities in the project design.

The set of 6 principles described in the Whitepaper have been identified as highly relevant for the implementation of co-evaluation practices in citizen social science. 

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Cite as: Kieslinger, Barbara, Mayer, Katja, Schaefer, Teresa, & Schuerz, Stefanie. (2022). Whitepaper on Co-evaluation of Citizen Social Science. Zenodo.

Tags: citizen social science, evaluation, impact assessment

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