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Securing dual-use expertise IV: measuring success & building sustainability

posted on 2023-06-07, 19:18 authored by James Revill
Measuring success in engagement programmes dealing with the human dimension is a complex process, which can no longer be addressed solely through depending on quantitative measurements, which often lack the capacity to adequately assess inter alia, the quality of engagement, the enduring value of any programme and the extent in contribute to overarching objectives. Certainly, experience with other Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) activities in the US has suggested, "hard 'scorecard' metrics, often very quantitative in nature, are not always going to be adequate measures of a program's success". Accordingly, in the future it will be necessary to think creatively with regard to measuring the success of programmes dealing with the human dimension, and move towards the exploitation of quantitative and qualitative measures which look at success from the perspective of all the primary stakeholders in any partnership. However, any approach to developing metrics and measures must ensure that evaluation is not overly complicated or generates an unnecessary administrative burden upon those managing projects. Thus, a balance is required between the development of adequate metrics, with the need for user-friendly, policy relevant results that do not prove an overly burdensome load on project officers.


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  • paper

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Securing Dual Use Expertise: Developing Sustainable Global Engagement and Outreach Programmes

Event location

Grand Hotel di Como, Como, Italy

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15-16th November, 2010

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  • SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit Publications


Conference paper which appears to have been useful to governments in thinking through metrics for more abstract, less readily quantifiable, security and non proliferation related projects.

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