The Open UniversitySkip to content

Systemic evaluation methodology: the emergence of social learning from environmental ICT prototypes

Simon, Sandrine (2004). Systemic evaluation methodology: the emergence of social learning from environmental ICT prototypes. Systemic Practice And Action Research, 17(5) pp. 471–496.

Full text available as:
PDF (Accepted Manuscript) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (261Kb)
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


This paper investigates why and how systems approaches can help in evaluating the design of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as social learning platforms. It focuses on the prototypes created by the research project Virtualis , whose objective is to promote social learning on environmental concepts and practices amongst a variety of stakeholders.
The paper presents the principles of systems thinking and practice that did help in formulating such evaluation processes. It illustrates both how a peer systemic evaluation process within the research team and a participatory evaluation process (involving potential future users of the ICTs) were carried out.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2004 Plenum Publishing Corporation
ISSN: 1094-429X
Extra Information: The original publication is available at
Keywords: peer evaluation; participatory technology assessment; systems thinking; ICTs
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Item ID: 37
Depositing User: Users 12 not found.
Date Deposited: 10 May 2006
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2016 04:19
Share this page:


Scopus Citations

Download history for this item

These details should be considered as only a guide to the number of downloads performed manually. Algorithmic methods have been applied in an attempt to remove automated downloads from the displayed statistics but no guarantee can be made as to the accuracy of the figures.

▼ Automated document suggestions from open access sources

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   + 44 (0)870 333 4340