De reproduceerbaarheid van het onderzoek in Vlaanderen
The report explores three aspects of reproducibility with the goal of
providing recommendations to stakeholders about how to ensure
reproducibility. Replication perse is only one aspect of
reproducibility, and to thoroughly understand reproducibility requires
casting a wider net that includes components such as transparency,
research practices, and the role of theory in science. Second, the
relationship between these components and reproducibility can be complex
and counterintuitive. Third for science to yield robust, reproducible
and credible knowledge, we must transform research institutions,
evaluation and practices so that, ultimately, it is no longer necessary
to talk about it. We will have achieved reproducibility when we no
longer debate it.
Based on their deep insights in the nature and the operational elements of the research process, and extensive conversations with the stakeholders in Flanders, the thinkers have obtained a good perspective on the status of reproducibility of research in Flanders. They appreciate the efforts and initiatives to enhance it, and give recommendations for the research assessment, a broader understanding of reproducibility, the full diversity of stakeholders, building a research culture of open discussion, implement science communication strategies that focus on the engagement of multiple publics into research processes.