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IDS Practice Paper In Brief;12

Learning about Measuring Advocacy and Policy Change: Are Baselines always Feasible and Desirable?

Published on 26 September 2013

This paper captures some recent challenges that emerged from establishing a baseline for an empowerment and accountability fund.

It is widely accepted that producing a baseline is logical and largely uncontested – with the recent increased investment in baselines being largely something to be welcomed. This paper is therefore not a challenge to convention, but rather a note of caution: where adaptive programming is necessary, and there are multiple pathways to success, then the ‘baseline-endline’ survey tradition has its limitations. This is particularly so for interventions which seek to alter complex political-economic dynamics, such as between citizens and those in power.

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Chris Barnett

Honorary Associate

Publication details

published by
IDS
authors
Barnett, Chris
journal
IDS Practice Paper In Brief, issue 12
language
English

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