Using Opasnet in an assessment project

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Why to use Opasnet in an assessment project?

You can avoid many problems related to data scarcity and ownership
A key problem is always lack of data. Sometimes data really does not exist, but much more often partner(s) have some relevant information about the topic. However, they don't want to give all the data to the project but instead analyse them themselves and only give selected results later. Don't accept this, because if the data is not good for the purpose, you will find it out too late. Instead, agree in the beginning that the project only works with data that can be put to Opasnet (i.e., released to open scrutiny and use). Problems with data will be identified early, giving time to fix them.
You can do parallel work and avoid delays
Most calendar time is typically spent on waiting for one partner to get a particular thing done, and only then others can start working. This is serial thinking and it is slow. Instead, things should be done in parallel so that all existing information is given out immediately even if preliminary. Then all parts of an assessment can be worked on at the same time and iteratively updated as other parts improve. The variable structure helps in this.
You can follow the work and give merit to right people
Define "project work" in a clever way: only work with information in Opasnet is considered project work, and any other work is just preliminary (until the information is released). If the whole project happens in Opasnet, it is easy to see, who has contributed to what, and what the impact has been. See e.g. Contribution scores.
You can use Opasnet for stakeholder involvement and dissemination
Read more e.g. on Participating in assessments or Open participation.

See also


Opasnet, open assessment, collaborative work, mass collaboration, web-workspace


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