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Title [sv]
Utvärdering som styrning i högre utbildning i Sverige
Title [en]
Governing by evaluation in higher education in Sweden
Abstract [sv]
The project evaluates the recent reform of quality evaluations in higher education and examines the ways in which it may be understood as governing education. It aims at studying: a) the policy context, intentions and aims of the reform; b) the quality evaluation practice; and c) the consequences of the reform and quality evaluations in higher education policy and practise. An explanation-oriented evaluation approach adapted for national settings is applied drawing on interdisciplinary thinking about governing and policy enactment. Interviews with key national and local actors and document analysis of education and evaluation policy and notions of quality in higher education will de done. Evaluators and evaluated will be interviewed and observed during visits at the universities, and evaluation reports and local plans analysed to assess consequences of the quality evaluations. The project will significantly advance our knowledge of the relation between evaluation and governing, i.e. how governing is ´done´ through evaluation, and highlight consequences of the reform in higher education practice and policy. The project will develop the theoretical understanding of evaluation and also contribute to how to study educational evaluation as a contemporary societal phenomenon and practice.
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Lindgren, J., Rönnberg, L., Hult, A. & Segerholm, C. (2019). Enacting a national reform interval in times of uncertainty: evaluation gluttony among the willing. In: Christina Segerholm, Agneta Hult, Joakim Lindgren and Linda Rönnberg (Ed.), The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus: Swedish Higher Education as a Case (pp. 119-138). Dortrecht: Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Enacting a national reform interval in times of uncertainty: evaluation gluttony among the willing
2019 (English)In: The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus: Swedish Higher Education as a Case / [ed] Christina Segerholm, Agneta Hult, Joakim Lindgren and Linda Rönnberg, Dortrecht: Springer, 2019, p. 119-138Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter offers an empirical illustration of the governing-evaluation-knowledge nexus by pinpointing a particular situation, a pause between two national evaluation and quality assurance (EQA) reforms, while a new national system was being planned and prepared, but its final design was not yet decided upon. This situation – unusual in the Swedish higher education policy context – adds uncertainty to the situation and opens a potential space for policymakers and higher education institutions (HEIs) to navigate. We draw on interviews and documents collected from four HEIs during this reform interval. We analyse and discuss how the four institutions navigate, coordinate, mobilise, copy, and learn in a situation without a formal national EQA system in place but in which the wider higher education policy context is deeply infused with contemporary trends and international policies and ideas on quality assurance (QA). We found that context and institutional preconditions set their mark on the work undertaken during this interval. We also discerned tendencies of homogenisation and isomorphism. Finally, we highlight the tendency of further expansion of EQA activities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dortrecht: Springer, 2019
Series
Evaluating Education: Normative systems and institutional practises, ISSN 2570-0251, E-ISSN 2570-026X ; 4
Keywords
Anticipatory governing, Enactment, Expansion, Isomorphism, Quality assurance reform
National Category
Pedagogical Work Educational Sciences Political Science
Research subject
educational work; education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-165811 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-21143-1_7 (DOI)978-3-030-21143-1 (ISBN)978-3-030-21142-4 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 721-2012-5424
Available from: 2019-12-04 Created: 2019-12-04 Last updated: 2019-12-06Bibliographically approved
Lindgren, J., Rönnberg, L., Hult, A. & Segerholm, C. (2019). Evaluation machinery, qualocrats and the seemingly inevitable problem of expansion. In: Christina Segerholm, Agneta Hult, Joakim Lindgren and Linda Rönnberg (Ed.), The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus: Swedish Higher Education as a Case (pp. 181-199). Dortrecht: Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Evaluation machinery, qualocrats and the seemingly inevitable problem of expansion
2019 (English)In: The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus: Swedish Higher Education as a Case / [ed] Christina Segerholm, Agneta Hult, Joakim Lindgren and Linda Rönnberg, Dortrecht: Springer, 2019, p. 181-199Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter we initially discuss the relation between governing, evaluation, and knowledge. Then we go back to the ideal typical notion of increasingly institutionalised evaluation machinery and locate the important work of what we label as qualocrats and what may be termed the burden of judgements within this overall frame. We finally discuss the expansion and the increasing complexity of evaluation and quality assurance work in higher education and point to some possible implications and problems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dortrecht: Springer, 2019
Series
Evaluating Education: Normative systems and institutional practises, ISSN 2570-0251, E-ISSN 2570-026X ; 4
Keywords
Complexity, Expansion, Judgements, Technologies, Qualocrats
National Category
Pedagogical Work Educational Sciences Political Science
Research subject
educational work; education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-165814 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-21143-1_10 (DOI)978-3-030-21143-1 (ISBN)978-3-030-21142-4 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 721-2012-5424
Available from: 2019-12-04 Created: 2019-12-04 Last updated: 2019-12-06Bibliographically approved
Segerholm, C., Rönnberg, L., Lindgren, J. & Hult, A. (2019). Governing by Evaluation: Setting the scene. In: Christina Segerholm, Agneta Hult, Joakim Lindgren and Linda Rönnberg (Ed.), The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus: Swedish Higher Education as a Case (pp. 1-23). Dortrecht: Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Governing by Evaluation: Setting the scene
2019 (English)In: The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus: Swedish Higher Education as a Case / [ed] Christina Segerholm, Agneta Hult, Joakim Lindgren and Linda Rönnberg, Dortrecht: Springer, 2019, p. 1-23Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This introductory chapter starts by outlining the aim of the book: to analyse and discuss the interplay between governing, evaluation and knowledge with an empirical focus on Swedish higher education. It then goes on to locate this aim and the intended contribution within the wider research context and in previous studies. The chapter also highlights some important national traits of the Swedish case and Swedish higher education policy development, before presenting the overall conceptual frame employed in the book and the project it builds on. Finally, an outline of the forthcoming chapters is provided.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dortrecht: Springer, 2019
Series
Evaluating Education: Normative systems and institutional practises, ISSN 2570-0251, E-ISSN 2570-026X ; 4
Keywords
Evaluation, Governing, Higher education, Knowledge, Sweden, Quality assurance
National Category
Pedagogical Work Educational Sciences Political Science
Research subject
educational work; education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-165809 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-21143-1_1 (DOI)978-3-030-21143-1 (ISBN)978-3-030-21142-4 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 721-2012-5424
Available from: 2019-12-04 Created: 2019-12-04 Last updated: 2019-12-06Bibliographically approved
Lindgren, J. & Rönnberg, L. (2019). Hayek and the red tape: the politics of evaluation and quality assurance reform – from shortcut governing to policy rerouting. In: Christina Segerholm, Agneta Hult, Joakim Lindgren and Linda Rönnberg (Ed.), The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus: Swedish Higher Education as a case (pp. 83-101). Dortrecht: Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hayek and the red tape: the politics of evaluation and quality assurance reform – from shortcut governing to policy rerouting
2019 (English)In: The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus: Swedish Higher Education as a case / [ed] Christina Segerholm, Agneta Hult, Joakim Lindgren and Linda Rönnberg, Dortrecht: Springer, 2019, p. 83-101Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter, we draw attention to the important political dimension of the governing-evaluation-knowledge nexus. The aim is to describe and analyse the processes leading up to the two most recent national evaluation and quality assurance (EQA) systems in operation from 2011 to 2014 and from 2016 onwards by analysing the formation of the respective EQA systems and the actors involved in these processes. The chapter outlines political justifications and ideological beliefs and highlights central shifts and continuities in these processes. We explore how formation of EQA systems can be understood within a wider context of the work of governing by contrasting the fast, competitive "shortcut governing" from the 2011–2014 EQA system with the more dialogue- and consensus-oriented process implying a "policy rerouting" later, as manifested in the process leading up to the 2016 EQA system. We also discuss quality assurance expansion in the context of higher education policymaking.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dortrecht: Springer, 2019
Series
Evaluating Education: Normative systems and institutional practises, ISSN 2570-0251, E-ISSN 2570-026X ; 4
Keywords
Autonomy, Deliberation, Ideology, Modes of policymaking, Speed
National Category
Pedagogical Work Educational Sciences Political Science
Research subject
educational work; education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-165806 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-21143-1_5 (DOI)978-3-030-21143-1 (ISBN)978-3-030-21142-4 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 721-2012-5424
Available from: 2019-12-04 Created: 2019-12-04 Last updated: 2019-12-06Bibliographically approved
Rönnberg, L. (2019). Quality Evaluations and the Media. In: Christina Segerholm, Agneta Hult, Joakim Lindgren and Linda Rönnberg (Ed.), The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus: Swedish Higher Education as a case (pp. 103-118). Dortrecht: Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Quality Evaluations and the Media
2019 (English)In: The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus: Swedish Higher Education as a case / [ed] Christina Segerholm, Agneta Hult, Joakim Lindgren and Linda Rönnberg, Dortrecht: Springer, 2019, p. 103-118Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this chapter is to analyse how results from the 2011 to 2014 national evaluation and quality assurance (EQA) system were communicated to and via the media. First, the analysis focuses on the attempted media framing, as manifested in press releases of national evaluations from the responsible national agencies. Second, the higher education institution-media interactions, in the context of two national quality evaluations from two subject areas (education and specialist nursing), are analysed from the perspective of how four higher education institutions’ attempted framings were (re)presented by the media. The chapter concludes with a discussion pointing to interdependence and possible reinforcement of the media-quality assurance relationship and points to some possible implications for education governing. The chapter also discusses the silences and articulations that could not be detected in the studied data, as situated within the context of reputation management and media display in the contemporary "evaluation society".

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dortrecht: Springer, 2019
Series
Evaluating Education: Normative systems and institutional practises, ISSN 2570-0251, E-ISSN 2570-026X ; 4
Keywords
Audit, Media relationship, Bureaucratic branding, media communication, Media reporting, Reputation management
National Category
Pedagogical Work Educational Sciences Political Science
Research subject
educational work; education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-165808 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-21143-1_6 (DOI)978-3-030-21143-1 (ISBN)978-3-030-21142-4 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 721-2012-5424
Available from: 2019-12-04 Created: 2019-12-04 Last updated: 2019-12-06Bibliographically approved
Lindgren, J., Rönnberg, L., Hult, A. & Segerholm, C. (2019). Relaunching national evaluation and quality assurance: governing by piloting. In: Christina Segerholm, Agneta Hult, Joakim Lindgren and Linda Rönnberg (Ed.), The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus: Swedish Higher Education as a Case (pp. 157-180). Dortrecht: Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Relaunching national evaluation and quality assurance: governing by piloting
2019 (English)In: The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus: Swedish Higher Education as a Case / [ed] Christina Segerholm, Agneta Hult, Joakim Lindgren and Linda Rönnberg, Dortrecht: Springer, 2019, p. 157-180Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter seeks to explore and discuss enactments in the process of piloting a part of the 2016 national evaluation and quality assurance system, namely, the pilot of institutional reviews in which higher education institutions’ internal quality assurance systems were evaluated by the Swedish Higher Education Authority. The chapter analyses the work and experiences of the different actors that took part in these processes. It shows that the pilot includes extensive work that links people, places, policies, practices, and power in particular ways and that numerous translations are made at different stages and by different actors. The results highlight the amount and forms of work done in these processes in general and in particular by actors who we have labelled “qualocrats”. Their embodied form of expertise is mobilised as they move between and across different domains to enact and promote certain knowledge in and of evaluation and quality assurance. The chapter finally suggests that the deliberate temporal design as a pilot study opened up for mutual adjustments, learning, and dialogue but also gave rise to contradictory anticipatory governing signals.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dortrecht: Springer, 2019
Series
Evaluating Education: Normative systems and institutional practises, ISSN 2570-0251, E-ISSN 2570-026X ; 4
Keywords
Enactment, External review, Institutional review pilot, Quality assessment
National Category
Pedagogical Work Educational Sciences Political Science
Research subject
educational work; education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-165813 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-21143-1_9 (DOI)978-3-030-21143-1 (ISBN)978-3-030-21142-4 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 721-2012-5424
Available from: 2019-12-04 Created: 2019-12-04 Last updated: 2019-12-06Bibliographically approved
Segerholm, C., Hult, A., Lindgren, J. & Rönnberg, L. (Eds.). (2019). The governing-evaluation-knowledge nexus: Swedish higher education as a case. Dortrecht: Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The governing-evaluation-knowledge nexus: Swedish higher education as a case
2019 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This Open Access book analyses the interplay between governing, evaluation and knowledge with an empirical focus on Swedish higher education. It investigates the origins, logics, and mechanisms of evaluation and quality assurance reforms and their dynamic interactions with institutional, national and European policy contexts. The chapters report findings from extensive empirical studies that offer detailed insight into the work of governing in higher education, by giving voice to actors at various levels and positions including the ministry, national agency and University employees. Central themes include the influence of European policy, changing system designs, media relations and quality assurance enactments in University institutions. The book also explores the ways in which an emerging professional cadre, labelled qualocrats, enacts and mediates evaluation and quality assurance policy and practice. Taken together, the expanding evaluation machinery in Swedish higher education highlights the pivotal role of knowledge as a governing resource, and points to special features of evaluation as a particular form of practice that makes knowledge work for governing.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dortrecht: Springer, 2019. p. 208
Series
Evaluating education: normative systems and institutional practices, ISSN 2570-0251
Keywords
Higher education governance, Quality and assurance reforms, Swedish higher education, European Higher Education Area, National evaluation systems, Education policy and practice, Quality assurance in higher education, ENQA, Framing of evaluation results, Governing by evaluation, Performing evaluation and quality assurance, Higher education policy, Higher education reform, Evaluation in higher education, Media and higher education
National Category
Pedagogy Pedagogical Work
Research subject
education; educational work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-165039 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-21143-1 (DOI)9783030211424 (ISBN)9783030211431 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2012-05424
Available from: 2019-11-06 Created: 2019-11-06 Last updated: 2019-11-11Bibliographically approved
Principal InvestigatorSegerholm, Christina
Coordinating organisation
Umeå University
Funder
Period
2012-01-01 - 2017-12-31
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
DiVA, id: project:1203Project, id: 2012-05424_VR

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