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Methods in Development Research

Edited By Jeremy Holland,John Campbell
ISBN: 9781853395727
This book situates current development research issues squarely within debates about development policy and social research and it will help begin the process of defining best practice in the use of participatory/ qualitative and quantitative methods of considerable interest to academics, practitioners and policy makers.
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  • Synopsis
    Over the past decade there has been an increasingly receptive audience for participatory and qualitative research methods by policy makers, development practitioners and academics working in applied research. At the same time there is an increasing awareness that the value of research can be enhanced through a more systematic combination of quantitative and qualitative methods. While this recent interest has begun to provide useful pointers as to how development research might be improved, it has also given rise to certain problems. This book will draw together lessons about emerging best practice with regard to combining qualitative and quantitative methods and approaches to generate numbers from qualitative/participatory methods and to monitor and evaluate development processes. It will build and expand upon innovation and reflection from practice in developing and developed societies, from within development agencies and academia, government departments and civil society organizations. By drawing on current research in many sectors and countries, the book will situate current development research issues squarely within debates about development policy and social research and it will help begin the process of defining best practice in the use of participatory/ qualitative and quantitative methods, and issues of methodological triangulation which are of considerable interest to academics, practitioners and policy makers. A genuine how to manual which combines best practice and new innovations and presents fascinating material for academics, practitioners and policy makers.
  • Table of Contents
    General introduction
    Context and challenges for combining methods
    in development research 1
    Part I: Combining forces with qualitative and quantitative research 19
    Introduction: Bridges and fences for combined methods 21
    1 Little white pebbles: getting the research questions right
    and getting the right data 27
    MIKE JENNINGS
    2 Some practical sampling procedures for development research 37
    IAN WILSON
    3 Impact assessment of microfinance: protocol for collection
    and analysis of qualitative data 53
    JAMES COPESTAKE, SUSAN JOHNSON
    and KATIE WRIGHT-REVOLLEDO
    4 What determines successful sustainable development projects?
    Some evidence from the PRODERS experience in Mexico 71
    GIL YARON, JUTTA BLAUERT and ALEJANDRO GUEVARA
    5 Combining qualitative and quantitative methods in
    evaluation-related rural tourism development research 85
    JENNIFER BRIEDENHANN and EUGENIA WICKENS
    Part II: Quantifying the qualitative in development research 93
    Introduction: Reflections on quantification 95
    6 Quantitative analysis approaches to qualitative data:
    why, when and how? 97
    SAVITRI ABEYASEKERA
    7 What do you sense? Applying analytical sensory
    evaluation techniques to research on
    development issues 107
    QUIRIEN VAN OIRSCHOT and KEITH TOMLINS
    8 Strong fences make good neighbours: survey and
    participatory appraisal methods in poverty assessment
    and poverty reduction strategy monitoring 119
    SIMON APPLETON and DAVID BOOTH
    Part III: The process of combination: democratizing
    research, empowerment and institutional change 136
    Introduction: Combined research as process 139
    9 Quality, quantity and the third way 141
    NIGEL GILBERT
    10 The peer ethnographic method for health research:
    methodological and theoretical reflections 149
    NEIL PRICE and KIRSTAN HAWKINS
    11 Participatory indicator development for sustainable
    natural resource management 163
    ANDREW DOUGILL and MARK REED
    12 Exploring the temporal logic model: a Colombian case study
    evaluating assistance to internally displaced people 177
    ANDREA LAMPIS
    13 Trade-offs between management costs and research benefits:
    lessons from the forest and the farm 191
    KATHRIN SCHRECKENBERG, ADRIAN BARRANCE,
    ANN DEGRANDE, JAMIE GORDON, ROGER LEAKEY,
    ELAINE MARSHALL, ADRIAN NEWTON and ZAC TCHOUNDJEU
    14 Evaluating democracy assistance: the inadequacy
    of numbers and the promise of participation 205
    GORDON CRAWFORD
    15 Monitoring social policy outcomes in Jamaica: combined
    methods, democratic research and institutional change 219
    JEREMY HOLLAND, STEADMAN NOBLE,
    ANDY NORTON and KEN SIGRIST
    16 From development research to policy change: methodological
    learning from a research capacity-building project 227
    TANJA BASTIA, ELEANOR FISHER, JEREMY HOLLAND
    and DUNCAN HOLTOM
    Glossary 239
    List of contributors 245
    Endnotes 251
    References 267
    Index 285
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    Editor Jeremy Holland,John Campbell
    Number of Pages 304
    Format Paperback / softback
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