A historical reflection on research evaluation studies, their recurrent themes and challenges

by Sonja Marjanovic, Stephen Hanney, Steven Wooding

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This report presents a historical reflection on research evaluation studies, their recurrent themes and challenges, and their implications. It critically examines studies of how scientific research drives innovation and socioeconomic benefits.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    A historical overview of research evaluation studies

  • Chapter Two

    Methodological developments: case study-based approaches and conceptual frameworks in evaluation research

  • Chapter Three

    Consistent themes in research evaluation studies

  • Chapter Four

    Challenges in research evaluation studies

  • Chapter Five

    Conclusion

  • Appendix A

    Summary of key studies and their insights

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