Open Evaluation 2016

Event date
November 24-26, 2016
Short description

Open Evaluation 2016, the largest conference in Europe dedicated to the evaluation of policies in the field of research, technology and innovation policy (RTI) will gather academics, evaluators, research managers, authorities and RTI policy makers to debate challenging developments in RTI policy and their effects on evaluation theory and practice. The conference addresses new actor settings, approaches and themes in RTI policy evaluation. Thus, the term OPEN EVALUATION signals openness towards new values, new stakeholders and beneficiaries and new approaches and themes in RTI policies and RTI evaluations.

The conference takes place in Vienna on 24-25 November 2016. The main conference organisers are the Austrian Platform for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation, the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research and IFRIS - Institut Francilien Recherche Innovation Société, Paris.





1) Changing the role of evaluation of RTI policy to incorporate new values, RRI and new forms of science

2) New evaluation approaches in data, methods, indicators and their interpretation

3) RTI policy evaluation in the policy-making process

4) Social innovation, societal impact, societal challenges

5) Evaluation approaches for policies and programmes in social sciences and humanities (SSH)

6) Challenges and new approaches to evaluate European RTI policies and programmes


The programme is set and will consist of key note speeches, panel discussions, paper sessions and a poster session. We are pleased that Prof. Paula Stephan (Georgia State University & National Bureau of Economic Research), Dr. Steven Hill (Higher Education Funding Council for England) and Dr. Liz Allen (Strategic Initiatives, F1000) cloud be engaged as key note speakers at ‘Open Evaluation 2016’. Prof. Stephan will talk about the career trajectories of new PhDs.’ Dr. Hill’s speech will focus on UK’s experience in assessing research impact. Dr. Allen will provide us with a reflection on the promise of open science. The panel sessions will examine the question if we can generate more impact of R&I interventions through better governance, discuss the changing challenges of RTI evaluation in Europe and deliberate the problems in evaluation and selection of risky research.

On the evening of November 23rd 2016 the Wiener Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiefonds (WWTF - Vienna Science and Technology Fund) invites participants to a pre-conference reception at the Vienna Globe Museum. As places for this unique venue are limited, the registration and allocation is following the first-come-first-serve principle. If you are interested in joining us at this event please register via mail to

The conference will be accompanied by several other gatherings, such as the EU SPRI Doctorate seminar (21st–23rd November), the meeting of the Science Europe Working Group on ex-post Evaluation (23rd November), the EU-RTD evaluation network meeting (23rd November) as well as a “Science for S3” Policy Workshop organised by IPTS/Danube-INCO.NET (25th November). It is going to be a busy week for RTI policy evaluation stakeholders and the perfect opportunity for extending and refreshing your networks!

The registration is open until the 11th of November – register as soon as possible! The registration fee includes all lunches and coffee breaks during the two conference days as well as the official dinner on November 24th 2016. Please check this section at website for recommendations about accommodation and general information about Vienna. Please note that Vienna is a busy tourist location. Thus, plan your journey early enough.


Conference: November, 24-25, 2016

International Scientific Conference on RTI Policy Evaluation organised by

Geographical focus
  • International; Other
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
Event type
  • Conference in EU/international

Entry created by Ines Marinkovic on February 2, 2016
Modified on September 30, 2016