We are very pleased to announce that the Catalan Autonomous Government (Generalitat de Catalunya) has certified Open Evidence Research as a Consolidated Research Group (Grup de Recerca Consolidat) with Number 2017 SGR 1679.
The Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) opened a call last May for supporting the research groups in Catalonia that work in different scientific areas, in order to recognize and promote quality research, knowledge transfer and the internationalization of their scientific activities.
The call sought the recognition of the research groups that meet the requirements for each of the three modalities: emerging, pre-consolidated, consolidated. In particular, the latter refereed to the groups with a consolidated trajectory of more than 3 years and minimum number of 5 researchers (3 of them PhDs).
Open Evidence research group conducts applied research in behavioural and social science using a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods, including social computing techniques. Our research group is to deepen in the understanding of the interaction between technological, economic, social and cultural factors within the current societal structure with special focus on the impact of all these factors in individuals and institutions.
Besides the many differences in distinct fields, we believe that there are strong coincidences in how governance, economic, health and educational institutions have been impacted and shaped by the current societal structure, including the digital revolution, how they are transforming themselves to adapt their mission and functioning, and how citizens and institutions are establishing new ways of interaction and decision‐making process
With further detail, we analyse the digital revolution impacts in:
- Economics, thus producing a new understanding of the collaborative/sharing economy, a renaissance of cooperativism (especially platform cooperativism) and the new ways firms and consumers (citizens) interact within the current regulatory and legal framework. This includes experimental research on economic and decision‐making using behavioural economics so moving beyond the idealized concepts of representative agents and competitive markets alone;
- Health, thus producing a new field labelled as e‐Health that deals with the use of ICTs by all the actors within the health system;
- Learning, thus producing an important shift from teaching to learning, from e‐learning to personal learning environments and heutagogy, an including ICTs in schools, instructional technology and educational innovation;
- Governance, thus producing a transformation in norms, legitimation and power balances through the appropriation of ICTs as politics 2.0, e‐participation, e‐government and open government and the powerful area of technopolitics. In this train of thought, our instrumental goal in putting up together the research group is in joining forces that undoubtedly will produce strong synergies and economies of scale. We also want to see the intersection points when it comes to the determinants of behaviour and transformation, methodologies for analysis and, most especially, informing and influencing decision‐making in the public and private sectors.
We have put together a multidisciplinary research group (economists, sociologists, political scientists, pedagogues, public administrators, computer scientists, etc.) that covers most disciplines in social sciences and some others from the field of Information Technologies. Most of them have experience both as researchers and practitioners, which we consider to be an added value to make the translation from research to applied solutions and social impact.
We have put together a multidisciplinary research group (economists, sociologists, political scientists, pedagogues, public administrators, computer scientists, etc.) that covers most disciplines in social sciences and some others from the field of Information Technologies. Most of them have experience both as researchers and practitioners, which we consider to be an added value to make the translation from research to applied solutions and social impact. The team is also international in its nature, having members from Spain, Italy, Germany or Greece. The team has a long working record in more than 30 countries, both in research as in knowledge transfer.