Development impact attribution: mental models and methods in ‘mixed marriage’ evaluations

Start Date: 2018-07-18 End Date: 2018-07-18

James Copestake (University of Bath) used the ‘marriage’ metaphor to explore collaboration that spans academic traditions and disciplines, researchers and managers, and public and private sector agencies. The idea of mental models will be used to explore the ontological, epistemological, contractual and socio-political tensions created by formalised evaluation practice. He focused on experience with mixing qualitative impact evaluation with other approaches to generating evidence, learning and legitimising public actions. He used case studies from the garment industry, medical training, housing microfinance and agriculture spanning three continents. 

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