Probing the Power of Apollo: Methodological Challenges and Opportunities of the Delphi Method for Developing Rankings

Promotie

Probing the Power of Apollo: Methodological Challenges and Opportunities

Promovendus dr. JV (Jurian) Meijering MSc
Promotor prof.dr.ir. A (Adri) van den Brink
Copromotor dr. H (Hilde) Tobi
Organisatie Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS), Education and Competence Studies
Datum

di 13 december 2016 16:00 tot 17:30

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Summary

Nowadays rankings are everywhere. Nonetheless, the methodology of rankings receives little attention. This is worrisome, because how a ranking was developed influences ranking results. The development of rankings may be supported by the Delphi method: a structured group communication process in which data are collected from experts in several subsequent rounds with the aim of allowing these experts to achieve agreement on a particular topic. As the potential of the Delphi method for developing rankings had hardly been explored, this PhD thesis set-out to find an answer on the following general research question: What are
the methodological challenges and opportunities of the Delphi method for
developing rankings? Six studies were conducted that together show how the Delphi method may be used to: (1) obtain a ranking of objects (e.g. cities) on a ranking attribute (e.g. urban sustainability), and (2) help define and measure complex ranking attributes (e.g. urban sustainability).