Relevant to: Practice
The outcome spaces framework provides a structure to reflect on and classify participants preferred outcomes in a transdisciplinary project in a differentiated way. Participants of a knowledge coproduction process enter a project for different reasons and have different expectations about project outcomes. Using the framework assists in bringing to the foreground these differences, make them transparent and jointly clarify which of these outcomes are preferred by the project team and which are outside the scope of the project. It also assists in raising awareness among participants that there are different dimensions to project outcomes. For example participants who have expectations of outcomes in one domain, for example a change in a situation, may become aware of outcomes in other domains, for example contributing to knowledge or learning.
Ideally the outcome spaces framework should be applied at the beginning of a project to plan for preferred outcomes at the end. The framework could also be used when project participants have differing or fuzzy views about the outcomes of a project. The framework examines three realms of transdisciplinary outcome: situation, knowledge and learning.