From the 90s, unlike other countries, in Colombia is beginning to use the concept of Social Appropriation of Science and Technology -ASCyT- (by its acronym in Spanish) to describe those practices and policies about public engagement and communication of science and technology. However, in public policy documents have been addressed in limited way conceptual discussions about what does it mean to talk about ASCyT, which has led to focus on a set of practices to be developed, stating objectives that often do not seem attainable. This has resulted in indicators that do not seem to have clarity in what you want and need to measure. In addition, is the fact that the few indicators that have been proposed have lacked methodological routes for collection and analysis of information in a systematic and rigorous ways. With this background, it is difficult to understand and prove the role that the activities of Public Communication of Science in Colombia have fulfilled in order to democratizing the scientific and technological knowledge, both in terms of fostering a critical dialogue about the processes of science and technology, as well as in the relationship with other forms of knowledge. In short, through the Colombian science policy there have been various efforts to build indicators for tracking and monitoring these processes, however, it have not met their objectives primarily for three reasons: • The indicators have not expressed what is to be measured clearly and accurately. • The information provided by the indicator is not sufficient to explain the achievement of the objectives (in many cases because the objectives are not entirely clear). • The required information has not been available. Hence, this paper, recognizing the experience and Colombian landscape on this front, seeks to account for methodological route for building ASCyT indicators that are not only useful for monitoring the results, but rather to promote the process measurement and the progress of a project in terms of management, quality and impact. This in order to build capacity to enable the National System of Science and Technology, creating a basis for continued development of regional and national indicators about Social Appropriation of Science and Technology.

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Indicators for social appropriation of science and technology

Marcela Borda   Observatorio Colombiano de Ciencia y Tecnología, Colombia

Diana Papagayo   Observatorio Colombiano de Ciencia y Tecnología, Colombia

Vladimir Ariza   Observatorio Colombiano de Ciencia y Tecnología, Colombia

From the 90s, unlike other countries, in Colombia is beginning to use the concept of Social Appropriation of Science and Technology -ASCyT- (by its acronym in Spanish) to describe those practices and policies about public engagement and communication of science and technology. However, in public policy documents have been addressed in limited way conceptual discussions about what does it mean to talk about ASCyT, which has led to focus on a set of practices to be developed, stating objectives that often do not seem attainable. This has resulted in indicators that do not seem to have clarity in what you want and need to measure. In addition, is the fact that the few indicators that have been proposed have lacked methodological routes for collection and analysis of information in a systematic and rigorous ways. With this background, it is difficult to understand and prove the role that the activities of Public Communication of Science in Colombia have fulfilled in order to democratizing the scientific and technological knowledge, both in terms of fostering a critical dialogue about the processes of science and technology, as well as in the relationship with other forms of knowledge. In short, through the Colombian science policy there have been various efforts to build indicators for tracking and monitoring these processes, however, it have not met their objectives primarily for three reasons: • The indicators have not expressed what is to be measured clearly and accurately. • The information provided by the indicator is not sufficient to explain the achievement of the objectives (in many cases because the objectives are not entirely clear). • The required information has not been available. Hence, this paper, recognizing the experience and Colombian landscape on this front, seeks to account for methodological route for building ASCyT indicators that are not only useful for monitoring the results, but rather to promote the process measurement and the progress of a project in terms of management, quality and impact. This in order to build capacity to enable the National System of Science and Technology, creating a basis for continued development of regional and national indicators about Social Appropriation of Science and Technology.

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