Openness in evaluation

Understanding epistemological challenges, rethinking competencies and library practices

  • Leonor Gaspar Pinto CHAM, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
  • Paula Ochôa DH, CHAM, FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa


Evaluation is a vital part of every policy, programme, initiative or project framed by open movements. Sound evaluation strategies, procedures and criteria are needed to assess the impact of these movements on science, society and policy. Fostering access, collaboration and participation of groups that are in traditionally “peripheral” positions with respect to decision-making also means including them in evaluation processes, namely by employing participatory methods within libraries’ practices (e.g. ISO 16394, 2014). Using a meta-evaluative and transdisciplinary approach, this paper aims to discuss the concept of co-evaluation and how Research on Evaluation developed within Information Science can contribute to a research agenda and to enhance stakeholders and citizens’ involvement and competencies in open evaluation and open science.

How to Cite
PINTO, Leonor Gaspar; OCHÔA, Paula. Openness in evaluation. Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 3, p. 501-512, mar. 2019. ISSN 2241-1925. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 01 dec. 2023.