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IDS Bulletin Vol. 41 Nos. 6

Evaluation: Why, for Whom and How?

Published on 1 November 2010

The overall objective of this article is to discuss current theoretical debates in the evaluation literature to assess their relevance for agriculture.

After noting the ‘bad press’ of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in agriculture, the literature is selectively reviewed to see what light is shed from different evaluation paradigms and methodologies. Experiences in the health sector are then examined in greater depth, emphasising debates around randomised controlled trials (RCTs). The final section considers some possible ways forward.

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This article comes from the IDS Bulletin 41.6 (2010) Evaluation: Why, for Whom and How?

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Lucas, H. and Longhurst, R. (2010) Evaluation: Why, for Whom and How?. IDS Bulletin 41(6): 28-35

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Henry Lucas

Research Fellow

Richard Longhurst

Research Associate

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Lucas, H. and Longhurst, R.
IDS Bulletin, volume 41, issue 6


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