Being community and culturally-led: Tensions and pluralities in evaluating social innovation

Yee, Joyce, Yoko Akama, Yoko Akama and Teerapong, Khemmiga (2020) Being community and culturally-led: Tensions and pluralities in evaluating social innovation. In: ServDes.2020: Tensions / Paradoxes / Plurality. Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings, 173 (173). Linkoping University Electronic Press, Linköping, pp. 458-471. ISBN 9789179297794

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Evaluating benefits for society is a common requirement for most social innovation programmes, yet evaluating social impact is one of the most challenging tasks. This challenge has salience for service design and designing social innovation – both fields that seek to make social impact. This paper shares insights from researching social innovation practices in Southeast Asia. We draw attention to intelligent ways practitioners in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand are evaluating work with social outcomes, and from this, we generate a propositional framework that supports the core principles observed. We place this framework alongside dominant and traditional models of evaluation to highlight epistemic, political and power differences between them, and reinforce the importance of diversifying evaluative approaches. We demonstrate how alternative evaluative practices are community and culturally-led through specific examples, to reinforce the core principles of building trust, participatory collaboration and being grounded in place, culture and locality.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: evaluation, social impact, designing social innovation, community, culturally-led
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2020 14:03
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 10:19

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