Formative evaluation

How does transdisciplinary integration succeed and unfold its effects?

In order to ensure the quality of the BioVal transdisciplinary research process and knowledge integration in the best possible way, the ZTG accompanies the collabora-tive project with a formative evaluation. In the formative evaluation, the quality of the participation processes and knowledge integration (mutual learning, knowledge transfer) is examined, as the quality of these processes influences the medium and long-term effectiveness of BioVal. Characteristic for the formative evaluation is that it starts with the beginning of the project and is understood as part of the cyclical processes of joint learning through experimentation, reflection and improvement. The joint reflection on processes, (interim) results as well as hindering and facilitat-ing factors for the successful implementation of the solution approaches is a central element to ensure a forward-looking approach to risks and the practical relevance of the developed solution approaches.

The formative evaluation addresses the following research questions: Which meth-ods prove to be suitable for inter- and transdisciplinary integration? What influence does the transdisciplinary approach have on the handling of risks in the living labs? Which methods and approaches used in the project are relevant to impact? What mechanisms of knowledge utilisation can be observed in the biodiversity working group? Which procedures of knowledge transfer are suitable for this? The evaluation basis is formed by success criteria and impact expectations to be worked out together with the practical actors. The structural integration of the evaluation activities is based on the integration in the network, the activities of the living labs and the meetings of the biodiversity working group.

Social values

The aim of this research module is to collect social values on biodiversity and food production and the awareness of the connection between food production and biodiversity in Germany.

Impact assessment of biodiversity

The aim is to optimise the impact assessment of biodiversity in LCA in a practical way and to add diffuse effects and aquatic biodiversity.

Biodiversity in companies

Together with the companies FRoSTA AG, Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG and Seeberger GmbH, living labs are being used to work out how the effects of corporate and production processes on biodiversity along the food value chain can be better recorded and taken into account in decisions.

Transdisciplinary integration

The goal of transdisciplinary integration is to bring together the knowledge from the three research modules and to develop it further together with the living lab companies and other companies, for example in the biodiversity working group.