Rigour Project

An Ongoing Activity of the Toolkits & Methods Working Group

Core group:
Antonietta Di Giulio, Bethany Laursen, Bianca Vienni Baptista

Tamara Avellán, Gabriele Bammer, Céline Gressel, Josefa Kny, Kristina Likhacheva, Melanie Mbah, Gabriela Michelini, Emilia Nagy, Varvara Nikulina, Theres Paulsen, Luis Pedro Carmo, Sibylle Studer, Christian Wagner-Ahlfs

What is it about?

This project focuses on dialog and reflection on criteria, indicators and dimensions for assessing the appropriateness / robustness / scientific rigour/ effectiveness of (combinations of) tools and methods.

Recent Activities

January 22, 2024
Dr. Antonietta Di Giulio will lead an interactive meeting to for the group to decide next steps with this topic. Register online by December 31.

2023 – ongoing
We meet for focused online discussion sessions approx. every 2nd month.

02/03 – 2023
We explored “What makes a method a good itd method?” in online discussions sessions and asynchronously on a mural board in January/February 2023. See the abstract in the call for participation online.

09 – 2021
In our workshop “Methods of knowledge integration in inter- and transdisciplinary research – what about epistemology and rigour? ” at the ITD21 conference we discussed the following questions, and we summarized our discussion in a report:

  • How does the choice of methods shape the problems (and problem spaces) that are investigated in transdisciplinary research? How are differences in cultural, political and social aspects dealt when deciding to apply certain methods? 
  • What criteria do you consider to justify the choice of methods for knowledge integration? 
  • How do you enact the scientific traceability of methods for knowledge integration and of the results of such methods (for instance in reports or papers) and what do you expect in this regard from others?
  • How can we qualify knowledge as valid although it is created with ‘new’ methods in transdisciplinary settings?