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Using mixed methods in monitoring and evaluation : experiences from international development
 
Author:Bamberger, Michael; Rao, Vijayendra; Woolcock, Michael; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5245
Country:World; Date Stored:2010/03/23
Document Date:2010/03/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
Language:EnglishRegion:The World Region
Report Number:WPS5245SubTopics:Poverty Monitoring & Analysis; Scientific Research & Science Parks; Science Education; Poverty Impact Evaluation; Statistical & Mathematical Sciences
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: This paper provides an overview of the various ways in which mixing qualitative and quantitative methods could add value to monitoring and evaluating development projects. In particular it examines how qualitative methods could address some of the limitations of randomized trials and other quantitative impact evaluation methods; it also explores the importance of examining "process" in addition to "impact", distinguishing design from implementation failures, and the value of mixed methods in the real-time monitoring of projects. It concludes by suggesting topics for future research -- including the use of mixed methods in constructing counterfactuals, and in conducting reasonable evaluations within severe time and budget constraints.

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