Enhancing Rural Innovation and Sustainability Through Impact Assessment: A Review of Methods and Tools

Lee, So Young and Díaz Puente, José and Vidueira Mera, Pablo (2020). Enhancing Rural Innovation and Sustainability Through Impact Assessment: A Review of Methods and Tools. "Sustainability", v. 12 (n. 16); ISSN 2071-1050. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166559.

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Title: Enhancing Rural Innovation and Sustainability Through Impact Assessment: A Review of Methods and Tools
Author/s:
  • Lee, So Young
  • Díaz Puente, José
  • Vidueira Mera, Pablo
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Sustainability
Date: 13 August 2020
ISSN: 2071-1050
Volume: 12
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: developmental evaluation; evaluation methods; impact assessment; innovation; sustainable rural development
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingeniería Agronómica, Alimentaria y de Biosistemas (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Agroforestal
UPM's Research Group: Planificación y Gestión sostenible del desarrollo rural/local GESPLAN
Creative Commons Licenses: None

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Abstract

Assessing impacts in innovation contexts/settings with the aim of fostering sustainability requires tackling complex issues. Literature shows that key sources of this complexity relate to the need to integrate the local context; identify the underlying problems; engage key stakeholders; and reflect on their feedback throughout the innovation process. A systematic literature review on innovation impact assessment reveals that social impacts have been the most studied, thus, where promising methods and tools were used. Nevertheless, there are many unresolved issues beyond assessing social impacts in innovation processes. Literature highlights that building on co-creating innovation processes that respond to stakeholders’ real needs and context, and adapting to changing circumstances by integrating timely feedback from stakeholders are two critical challenges calling for a systems thinking approach. This study proposes Developmental Evaluation (DE) as a systemic approach to evaluation which supports adaptive development in complex environments and that adds value by integrating continuous feedback from diverse stakeholders. As a non-prescriptive evaluation approach in terms of methods and tools, DE can provide meaningful guidance to use diverse methods and tools in furthering ongoing development and adaptation in innovation processes by linking the evaluation activities—impact assessment among them—with the DE principles that are situational, adaptive and continuously responsive.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Horizon 2020773418LIAISONJOSÉ MARÍA DÍAZ PUENTELIAISON: BETTER RURAL INNOVATION: LINKING ACTORS, INSTRUMENTS AND POLICIES THROUGH NETWORKS

More information

Item ID: 68993
DC Identifier: https://oa.upm.es/68993/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:68993
DOI: 10.3390/su12166559
Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/12/16/6559
Deposited by: Dr Jose Maria Díaz Puente
Deposited on: 03 Nov 2021 14:45
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2021 14:45
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