publication . Article . 2017

Achieving impact: impact evaluations and narrative simplification

Tomas Hellström; Christina Hellström;
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  • Published: 03 Jul 2017 Journal: Prometheus, volume 35, pages 215-230 (issn: 0810-9028, eissn: 1470-1030, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
This study is concerned with how impact from research and innovation (R&I) programmes is accounted for in impact evaluation reports. Establishing causal links between a research funding instrument and different effects, poses well known methodological difficulties. In the light of such challenges, textual accounts about causal links ought to be carefully written. Nevertheless, impact evaluation reports have a tendency towards unwarranted simplification as far as impact inferences are concerned. In this study, we illustrate how such simplifications–versions of the narrative device ellipsis–are accomplished. Using examples from three Swedish impact evaluation repo...
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free text keywords: Earth-Surface Processes, Geography, Planning and Development, Epistemology, Impact evaluation, Narrative, Historiography, Sociology
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