This volume attempts to critically examine the logic of reasoning underpinning the adoption of specific evaluative devices outlining how they construct and legitimize interpretations of truth and causal links between behaviour and events, and vice versa how they are affected by them. For this purpose, we use the technical dimension as a preferable point of view (despite not exhaustive) to surface how the objects under investigation are rendered in a particular conceptual form and made amenable to intervention. In this framework we analyse specifically the experimental methods and performance analysis, with the aim of showing the conventional character of these devices, stressing the need of recovering that space for critical reflection on cognitive purposes and on the appropriateness of the methods to the contexts of inquiry, without which scientific research risks of losing the ability to prompt circuits of reflexivity that may improve policies. We try to situate this kind of analysis within a broader discussion that sketches how: a) evaluation gains visibility in the current policymaking climate, and b) which consequences can be observed on the kind of legitimate devices and actors that are called to use them and admitted into the policy arena.

Evaluative Knowledge and Policy Making. Beyond the Intellectual Virtue of Tèchne

GAMBARDELLA, DORA;LUMINO, ROSARIA
2015

Abstract

This volume attempts to critically examine the logic of reasoning underpinning the adoption of specific evaluative devices outlining how they construct and legitimize interpretations of truth and causal links between behaviour and events, and vice versa how they are affected by them. For this purpose, we use the technical dimension as a preferable point of view (despite not exhaustive) to surface how the objects under investigation are rendered in a particular conceptual form and made amenable to intervention. In this framework we analyse specifically the experimental methods and performance analysis, with the aim of showing the conventional character of these devices, stressing the need of recovering that space for critical reflection on cognitive purposes and on the appropriateness of the methods to the contexts of inquiry, without which scientific research risks of losing the ability to prompt circuits of reflexivity that may improve policies. We try to situate this kind of analysis within a broader discussion that sketches how: a) evaluation gains visibility in the current policymaking climate, and b) which consequences can be observed on the kind of legitimate devices and actors that are called to use them and admitted into the policy arena.
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