Michael Scriven was in fine form today, keynoting at the Australasian Evaluation Society conference in Brisbane, Australia. So hilarious it may have looked like a bit of fun to some, but this is deadly serious, change-the-world stuff!
Right now, he says, the elite “inner circle” in the social sciences are the people working on theory and perhaps some descriptive research. Evaluation (in various forms) is in the periphery, not quite outcasts, but a bit impure because of course we are tainted with values, which are viewed by the inner circle as “unscientific”.
It’s time for evaluation, the alpha discipline, to ‘take the core’, become the inner circle – and Scriven has a complete battle plan to pull it off.
Evaluation should be at the core of each of the social sciences, and theory on the periphery. That’s what’s going to save the social sciences from irrelevance and an inability to contribute to humanity.
The conference hashtag is #aesBNE13. Tweet, Australasians, tweet!