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Moderation of Policy-Making? Science and Technology Policy Evaluation Beyond - Impact Measurement - The Case of Germany

: Kuhlmann, S.


Evaluation 4 (1998), Nr.2, S.130-148
ISSN: 1356-3890
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In the field of science and technology policies, for the most part evaluation procedures are utilized al al way of measuring the scientific and technological quality or the socio-economic impacts of publicly funded research. Beyond this practice could evaluation prodedures be used as a medium for the "moderation" of struggles, controversies and negotiations in the science and technological policy arena? The present article addresses the question using the German evaluation practice - moulded by a relativly high degree of institutional differntiation and automomy of the major policy actors - as a background. After some theoretical considerations, a case study is presented illustrating the "moderation approach": a multi-annual monitoring evaluation of eight newly created, publicly funded interdisclinary clincal research centres at German university hospitals.