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Doctoral defence Sofie Sandin, May 21

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“Evaluating for a Transition – Advancing evaluation of research and policy for a more sustainable energy system and society” is the title of Sofie’s dissertation. How can evaluation of policy instruments and research initiatives support large-scale transitions towards a more sustainable energy system and society? This question is addressed in this thesis, which focuses on how to advance evaluation practices to provide the essential learning needed to address complex sustainability challenges.

Evaluation of policy and research is key for understanding how different initiatives work and their potential contribution. However, evaluation is often focusing on individual programmes and does not provide insights about transformative contributions. Thus, there is a need to consider how evaluation practices need to be complemented in order to capture how different policy incentives - alone and together – are supporting a transition.

This thesis proposes frameworks for how to design such transformative evaluations, by drawing on interdisciplinary foundations and combining key aspects to consider. The research builds on the case of current evaluation practices in Sweden, focusing particularly on initiatives for energy efficiency in buildings. By exploring how evaluations are conducted and used, the thesis illuminates areas for further advancement, as well as probes the potential for a transformative evaluation approach to be adopted among Swedish state agencies.

 

Press release (in Swedish)

Read the dissertation

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