Theories of change for transformation-oriented R&I polices: the case of the 7th Energy Research Programme in Germany

Dinges, Michael and Kerlen, Christiane and Kaufmann, Peter and Wang, Anna and Toepel, Kathleen and Kofler, Jakob and Meyer, Stefan and Wieser, Harald (2022) Theories of change for transformation-oriented R&I polices: the case of the 7th Energy Research Programme in Germany. fteval Journal for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation (53). pp. 57-68. ISSN 1726-6629

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Abstract (english)

This article investigates how Theories of Change for transformation-oriented R&I programmes can be designed to better grasp system transformation processes and thereby set the basis for a deeper understanding of transformative impact mechanisms and programme learning. The analysis is based within the realm of the energy system, which is an area of specific concern for socio-technical transformation. It focuses on the “7th Energy Research Programme” (EFP) of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action, which is the key R&I policy instrument contributing to the transformation of the energy system in Germany. The article shows how a programme theory approach can be combined with multi-level perspective innovation system thinking and the concept of transformative outcomes to increase the evaluability of complex, transformation-oriented R&I programmes.

Subjects: Evaluation of Programmes
Policy, Fields & Systems Evaluation
Studies on Evaluation
Uncontrolled Keywords: Systemtransformation, Programmtheorie, Energysystem, Energywende, transformative Ergebnisse
Identification Number: 10.22163/fteval.2022.542
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2022 18:26
URI: http://repository.fteval.at/id/eprint/602

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