Disclosing and Evaluating Artistic Research

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This study expands on the results of a stakeholder-driven research project on quality indicators and output assessment of art and design research in Flanders-the Northern, Dutch-speaking region of Belgium. Herein, it emphasizes the value of arts & design output registration as a modality to articulate the disciplinary demarcations of art and design research. The particularity of art and design research in Flanders is first analyzed and compared to international examples. Hereafter, the results of the stakeholder-driven project on the creation of indicators for arts & design research output assessment are discussed. The findings accentuate the importance of allowing an assessment culture to emerge from practitioners themselves, instead of imposing ill-suited methods borrowed from established scientific evaluation models (Biggs & Karlsson, 2011)-notwithstanding the practical difficulties it generates. They point to the potential of stakeholder-driven approaches for artistic research, which benefits from constructing a shared metadiscourse among its practitioners regarding the continuities and discontinuities between "artistic" and "traditional" research, and the communal goals and values that guide its knowledge production (Biggs & Karlsson, 2011; Hellström, 2010; Ysebaert & Martens, 2018). The central limitation of the study is that it focuses exclusively on the "Architecture & Design" panel of the project, and does not account for intra-disciplinary complexities in output assessment. The goal of the research project is to create a robust assessment system for arts & design research in Flanders, which may later guide similar international projects. This study is currently the only one to consider the productive potential of (collaborative) PRFSs for artistic research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-54
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Data and Information Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2019


  • Artistic research
  • Output registration
  • Performance-based Research Funding Systems (PRFSs)
  • Stakeholder-driven Evaluation Model

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