Jorrit Smit and Lauren Hessels, [writing for the LSE Impact blog](https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2021/09/13/creating-what-we-seek-to-measure-how-to-understand-the-performative-aspect-of-impact-evaluation/) on the "performativity of evaluation":

> … the way in which specific evaluation methods assume, and thereby produce, different understandings of research and impact. In a [recent paper](https://doi.org/10.1093/reseval/rvab002) (open access) we explore this very question, building on previous [constructivist studies](https://doi.org/10.1093/reseval/rvv038) that have proposed how evaluation significantly shapes the contours of the object it valuates.

It's a smart point, that we humans change in reaction to ostensibly descriptive measures. But that fact might call into question the practice of assessment itself, especially in light of [Goodhart's law](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodhart%27s_law).