The technology and politics of evaluation

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Another exciting event from the laboratory of inSIS at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford:

How’s my feedback? The technology and politics of evaluation

Tuesday, 28 June 2011, 9:00-17:00

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

There is hardly anything that is not being evaluated on the web these days. Books, dishwashers, lawyers, teachers, health services, ex-boyfriends, haircuts, prostitutes and websites are just some examples targeted by novel review, rating and ranking schemes.

Used in an increasing number of areas, these schemes facilitate public assessment by soliciting and aggregating feedback and distributing it as comments, ranks, scales and stories. So how are we to judge the effectiveness of these schemes? What modes of governance are implicated in their operation? What is it to evaluate the evaluators – and will this business ever end?

Speakers include: Malcolm Ashmore (Colombia/ Loughborough University), Andrew Balmer (University of Sheffield), Stefan Schwarzkopf (Copenhagen Business School), Ian Stronach (Liverpool John Moores University), Alex Wilkie (Goldsmiths, University of London), Steve Woolgar and Malte Ziewitz (University of Oxford).

For more information visit their website.

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