Category:Analytical Criteria

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Analytical criteria are perspectives from which online processes can be analysed.


Often these analytical criteria are called success criteria, based on the premise that with the help of such processes certain aims can be achieved (goals of online participation).

Among those criteria are:

  • participation - how many participate
  • inclusion - who participates (i.e. from what group(s))
  • quality - what is the substantive quality of the result
  • legitimacy - is the process or the result considered legitimate

influence - mainly on decision making attitudes - e.g. acquiring democratic values or changing someone's opinion skills - e.g. learning of skills

  • effectiveness - does it achieve is objectives
  • efficiency - does it achieve the objectives with adequate resources

These criteria can be distinguished further:

  1. do they apply to the process or the result (or both) - For example, it is a difference to consider the legitimacy of the process itself and the legitimacy of the result of the process
  2. Possible distinction between internal criteria and external criteria.