Bridging the Evaluation Gap

Keywords: evaluation, performativity, citation analysis, impact

Abstract

Paul Wouters’ essay is concerned with bridging the gap between what we value in our academic work and how we are assessed in formal evaluation exercises. He reflects on the recent evaluation of his own center, and reminds us that it is productive to see evaluations not as the (obviously impossible) attempt to produce a true representation of past work, but rather as the exploration and performance of “who one wants to be.” Reflecting on why STS should do more than just play along to survive in the indicator game, he suggests that our field should contribute to changing its very rules. In this endeavor, the attitude and sensibilities developed in our field may be more important than any specific theoretical concepts or methodologies.

 

Author Biography

Paul Wouters, Leiden University
Professor of scientometrics, Centre for Science and Technology Studies
Published
2017-02-17
Section
Thematic Collections