Interpretative IS Evaluation: In search for results and uses
2007 (English)In: European Conference on Information Management and Evaluation,2007, Reading: Academic Conferences International , 2007Conference paper (Refereed)
One major reason for doing evaluations of information systems is to take actions based on the results of the evaluation. In order to make better use of interpretative evaluation processes in practice we need to understand what kinds of results such evaluations produces and the -mechanisms- that produces these results. We have developed, applied and studied an interpretative method for IS evaluation. In the paper we report the case of a performed action research study that has comprised an IS evaluation. Through this action research we have transformed the theoretical principles of the interpretative approach into a useful evaluation methodology in practice. The main emphasis in this study is on the results and the intended uses. We make a brief theoretical overview of interpretative principles for IS evaluation and of the research on evaluation use from the field of evaluation theory and represent a framework for analysing influences from evaluation efforts. We use this framework to analyse and identify the results and uses of the performed evaluation in order to shed light on what kinds of results that interpretative evaluation may offer. We experienced the influence framework useful for locating and understanding the variety of results from interpretative evaluation processes. We conclude with a model depicting results and uses from interpretive IS evaluation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Reading: Academic Conferences International , 2007.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-41090Local ID: 55065OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-41090DiVA: diva2:261940