CoM.5: Observations

CoM.5: Observations

Observation of the site selected for the new facility may be used in order to explore some of the relevant site characteristics. Evaluators with own first-hand experience of comparable reference facilities can use their own observations in order to assess possible impacts of the new facility. Evaluators without own first-hand experience of reference facilities can instead conduct expert interviews with observers at such facilities, e.g. managers, scientists or technicians of such facilities.

Observation as used in FenRIAM is a method based on the personal experience of an external evaluator who resides for a certain period within a selected community where a new development is introduced. The observer can identify impacts on the community's everyday activities and attitudes. To be able to observe and legitimately distinguish any impact, the observer should ideally have a first-hand experience of the community before and after the new development is introduced. In the case of an ex-ante evaluation, experiences made in a comparable setting in the past are used in order to assess the consequences of the planned action.

Evaluator with own experiences/observations

  • Analyse the own experiences and observations with respect to the investigated impacts.
  • Prepare a written record of analysis

If the evaluator has no own pre-existing experience, the method cannot be applied as described. In this case expert interviews of persons with own experiences (e.g. at reference facilities) might be a suitable method to include observations. Expert interviews are described in CoM.2.

Data sources:

  • Own experiences / observations
  • Experiences / observations of external persons made at RIs of the same or a comparable type


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