Can values be measured? Significant contributions from a small civil society organisation through action research

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Podger, D., Velasco, Ismael, Amezcua Luna, Cardiela, Burford, Gemma and Harder, Marie (2013) Can values be measured? Significant contributions from a small civil society organisation through action research Action Research, 11 (1). pp. 8-30. ISSN 1476-7503

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Abstract

A collaborative partnership is developing a values-based indicator framework for use by civil society organisations (CSOs). A key sub-study on the relevance and usability of such indicators was carried out through an action research process with a CSO and it was found that: (1) it was, indeed, possible to develop useful and relevant indicators for the presence of CSO values; (2) it was not useful to tie each indicator to only one value; (3) the indicators were more ‘universal’ than the values for which they had been derived; (4) these indicators were not considered valid by the user CSO without being ‘localised’ (5) the use of our values-based framework caused substantive transformational learning within this CSO. The importance of these findings to studies on values and to design issues central to formal values-based measurement work, such as face validity and catalytic validity, is drawn out. The principles of emancipatory action research used are shown to be key to the results, which themselves form foundational elements that led to key and significant understandings and modifications of the values-based framework.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: © 2012 The Author(s)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Values; emancipatory action research; civil society; indicators; co-design; sustainable development
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1177/1476750312467833
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2013 03:03
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2015 15:22
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/11323

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