Crisis Watch

Crisis Watch is a global network of researchers and practitioners with a shared interest in monitoring the on-the-ground impacts of the financial crisis.

Crisis Research Tools

The documents on this page are a set of tools to assist with methodology.

Crisis impact monitoring methodology: lessons from a pilot study in 2009 (pdf)

In early 2009, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) commissioned the Institute of Development Studies to undertake in five countries a pilot qualitative study of the impact of the food, fuel and financial crises. Our aim was to find out directly from people living in poverty how they were experiencing and responding to these crises.

This note captures what we have learnt about the methodological, organisational and communication opportunities and challenges in undertaking such a study within tight time and budget constraints. The note's target audience are those designing research and policy initiatives to monitor the impact of the crisis, particularly community-based and people-centred monitoring efforts using mixed (qualitative and quantitative) methodologies.

Monitoring Crises as if People Matter: Rapid Wellbeing Tools for Assessing Development Downturns (pdf)

Easily replicated participatory tools for state-of-the-art concepts of wellbeing could improve crisis monitoring and treat people as if they really matter. How should we approach the study of the impact of crises on development?

IDS researchers have been grappling with this problem in response to requests for guidance on how to monitor the effects of economic downturn and other global crises. A key concern is the urgent need for instruments fine-tuned to track what really matters while meeting rigorous research standards.

Full list of Crisis Watch related publications (pdf)

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Geopolitics, Global Governance and Crisis Narratives

(2010)
Schmidt, A., Arancibia, P., Kahlon, R., Komoto, N., Myers, J., Munyi, M., Ngororano, T., Omondi, G., Sepha, P., Yeojeong, K.

Introduction: The Global Financial Crisis, Developing Countries and Policy Responses

In 'Policy Responses to the Global Financial Crisis' (2009)
Sumner, A. and McCulloch, N.

The OECD Recession and Developing Country Trade: A Global Simulation Analysis

IDS Bulletin 40.5 (2009)
Robinson, S. and Willenbockel, D.

Macroeconomic Policy, Stimuli, Aid and Budgeting: What Options?

IDS Bulletin 40.5 (2009)
Gottschalk, G. and Bolton, L.

Will the Global Financial Crisis Change the Development Paradigm?

IDS Bulletin 40.5 (2009)
McCulloch, N. and Sumner, A.

Social Protection: Responding to a Global Crisis

(2009)
Davies, M. and McGregor, J.A.

The Impact on Developing Countries of an OECD Recession

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing 7.7 (2009)
Robinson, S. and Willenbockel, D.

China and the Global Financial Crisis: Implications for Low-income Countries

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing 7.6 (2009)
Cook, S. and Gu, J.

Macroeconomic Policy, Stimuli, Aid, and Budgeting: What Options?

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing 7.5 (2009)
Gottschalk, R.

Social Protection Responses to the Financial Crisis: What do we know?

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing 7.4 (2009)
Davies, M. and McGregor, J.A.

Voices of the Poor in the Current Crises

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing 7.3 (2009)
Hossain, N.

What are the Likely Poverty Impacts of the Current Crises?

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing 7.2 (2009)
Sumner, A. and Wolcott, S.

Will the Global Financial Crisis Change the Development Paradigm?

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing 7.10 (2009)
McCulloch, N., Schmidt, A. and Sumner, A.

From Crisis Management to Institutional Reform

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing 7.9 (2009)
Schmidt, A.

Trade Credit

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing 7.8 (2009)
Humphrey, J.

Policy Responses to the Global Financial Crisis

IDS Bulletin 40.5 (2009)
Sumner, A. and McCulloch, N.
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Project Dates:
February 2010 - February 2013
Project Status:
Closed