April 6, 2021
Anna Alexandrova, Reader in Philosophy of Science at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science in University Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College
Mark Fabian, Research Associate (postdoc) at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy in the University of Cambridge
There is now widespread recognition that well-being, educational success, fairness, equality, poverty, etc. are value-laden. There is less agreement on a responsible way of measuring their value. This is a tricky issue for public policy because governments need effective measures for benchmarking, impact evaluation, and other forms of accountability, but would ideally like to leave value judgements to citizens. Our research explores the potential of coproduction mechanisms to chart a course through these dilemmas. We present a case study from our work around coproducing a theory and measure/s of thriving for the national poverty charity Turn2Us.