The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development

The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development : Playing the game to change the rules?

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Understanding and demonstrating the effectiveness of efforts to improve the lives of those living in poverty is an essential part of international development practice. But who decides what counts as good or credible evidence? Can the drive to measure results do justice to and promote transformational change - change that challenges the power relations that produce and reproduce inequality, injustice and the non-fulfillment of human rights?

The Politics of Evidence in International Development provides a critical examination of the results agenda, with practical strategies for rendering it more helpful in supporting transformative development. The book deconstructs the origins and concepts of the results and evidence agendas employed in international development. It describes with concrete examples the current effects and consequences of the agenda, and goes on to outline a range of strategies used by individuals and organizations to resist, adapt or comply with the useful and problematic demands for results-oriented measurement and evidence of value for money.
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  • Hardback | 234 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19.05mm | 508.02g
  • Rugby, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1853398853
  • 9781853398858

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"Approaches to development, and methods to evaluate development results, run the gamut from simple to complex. Across this spectrum of diverse development initiatives and accompanying calls for rigorous evidence of results, there is one constant: politics. Thus has it always been and thus will it inevitably be. The danger is that acknowledging the intrinsically political nature of development evaluation leads to cynicism. This book not only avoids that danger, it offers concrete strategies for generating and using results and evidence that support transformational development. Such development seeks to change power dynamics that sustain inequality, foment injustice, and undermine human rights. Far from avoiding or lamenting politics, this book shows that being sophisticated about political games and playing those games astutely can enhance transformation while meeting accountability demands and learning what works for whom in what ways under what conditions. Political sophistication becomes an asset that makes dealing with power effectively an opportunity not a quagmire. But you have to know how to play the game. This is the instruction manual."--Michael Quinn Patton, author of Utilization-Focused Evaluation
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