Venable et al. (2012) A Comprehensive Framework for Evaluation in Design Science Research

Authors: Venable, John R. and Pries-Heje, Jan and Baskerville, Richard L.


Evaluation is a central and essential activity in conducting rigorous Design Science Research (DSR), yet there is surprisingly little guidance about designing the DSR evaluation activity beyond suggesting possible methods that could be used for evaluation. This paper extends the notable exception of the existing framework of Pries-Heje et al to address this problem. The paper proposes an extended DSR evaluation framework together with a DSR evaluation design method that can guide DSR researchers in choosing an appropriate strategy for evaluation of the design artifacts and design theories that form the output from DSR. The extended DSR evaluation framework asks the DSR researcher to consider (as input to the choice of the DSR evaluation strategy) contextual factors of goals, conditions, and constraints on the DSR evaluation, e.g. the type and level of desired rigor, the type of artifact, the need to support formative development of the designed artifacts, the properties of the artifact to be evaluated, and the constraints on resources available, such as time, labor, facilities, expertise, and access to research subjects. The framework and method support matching these in the first instance to one or more DSR evaluation strategies, including the choice of ex ante (prior to artifact construction) versus ex post evaluation (after artifact construction) and naturalistic (e.g., field setting) versus artificial evaluation (e.g., laboratory setting). Based on the recommended evaluation strategy(ies), guidance is provided concerning what methodologies might be appropriate within the chosen strategy(ies). Keywords:

Citation John R. Venable, Jan Pries-Heje, Richard L. Baskerville (2012). A Comprehensive Framework for Evaluation in Design Science Research. Design Science Research in Information Systems, vol. 7286 no. May, pp. 423–438. Article

BibTex entry for this article:

BibTex entry for this article:

author = {Venable, John R. and Pries-Heje, Jan and Baskerville, Richard L.},
journal = {Design Science Research in Information Systems},
number = {May},
pages = {423--438},
title = {{A Comprehensive Framework for Evaluation in Design Science Research}},
volume = {7286},
year = {2012}

Key ideas


Design Science Research, Evaluation Method, Evaluation Strategy, Information Systems Evaluation, Research Methodology