Jorrit Smit and Lauren Hessels, [writing for the LSE Impact blog]( 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]( (open access) we explore this very question, building on previous [constructivist studies]( 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](