|Title||Towards a framework for designing and assessing game-based approaches for sustainable water governance|
|Author(s)||Aubert, Alice H.; Medema, Wietske; Wals, Arjen E.J.|
|Source||Water 11 (2019)4. - ISSN 2073-4441|
Education and Learning Sciences
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Keyword(s)||Gamification - Serious games - Stakeholder participation - Sustainability - Water governance|
Most of the literature on serious games and gamification calls for a shift from evaluating practices to using theories to assess them. While the former is necessary to justify using game-based approaches, the latter enables understanding "why" game-based approaches are beneficial (or not). Based on earlier review papers and the papers in this special issue of Water entitled "Understanding game-based approaches for improving sustainable water governance: the potential of serious games to solve water problems", we show that game-based approaches in a water governance context are relatively diverse. In particular, the expected aims, targeted audience, and spatial and temporal scales are factors that differentiate game-based approaches. These factors also strongly influence the design of game-based approaches and the research developed to assess them. We developed a framework to guide and reflect on the design and assessment of game-based approaches, and we suggest opportunities for future research. In particular, we highlight the lack of game-based approaches that can support "society-driven" sustainable water governance.