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ERIC Number: EJ834840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5626
Developmental Evaluation Framework for Innovation and Learning Networks: Integration of the Structure, Process and Outcomes
Ramstad, Elise
Journal of Workplace Learning, v21 n3 p181-197 2009
Purpose: During the past decade new types of broader networks that aim to achieve widespread effects in the working life have emerged. These are typically based on an interactive innovation approach, where knowledge is created jointly together with diverse players. At the moment, the challenge is how to evaluate these complex networks and learning processes. This paper seeks to present a developmental evaluation framework for innovation and learning networks. Design/methodology/approach: The evaluation framework is based on a systemic and complementarity view on knowledge sources and innovation activities. The framework integrates three different elements of network: structure, learning processes, and the outcomes for different actors. The basic assumption is that networks with several actors based on an expanded triple helix model (workplaces, R&D infrastructure, and policy makers) and several learning processes enable better innovation potential and broader outcomes. Here criteria for an evaluation framework are created, which are then contested with empiria, in this case learning network projects (n = 17) funded by the Finnish Workplace Development Programme. Findings: The results show that the created evaluation framework offers a useful tool to point out the networks with a best potential to broader outcomes for diverse actors. It can provide a tool for policy makers, but also for involving participants, in order to direct and coordinate innovation and generative learning more effectively. However, there is not, and cannot be, a common and strict pattern for an innovation and learning network, as one of their main goals is to create and experiment with new forms of development cooperation. Originality/value: Evaluation framework is needed in order to direct and increase the validity of innovation and learning networks. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland