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Evaluating Outside the Box: An Alternative Framework for Analysing Social Protection Programmes

Devereux, Stephen et al.

IDS working paper. Number 431 (2013); pp 1-26 -- Institute of Development Studies

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  • Title:
    Evaluating Outside the Box: An Alternative Framework for Analysing Social Protection Programmes
  • Author: Devereux, Stephen;
    Roelen, Keetie;
    Béné, Christophe;
    Chopra, Deepta;
    Leavy, Jennifer;
    McGregor, J. Allister
  • Found In: IDS working paper. Number 431 (2013); pp 1-26
  • Journal Title: IDS working paper
  • Subjects: Developing countries--Economic conditions--Periodicals; Economic development--Periodicals; University of Sussex.Institute of Development Studies--Periodicals; social protection--impact evaluation--mixed methods; Dewey: 338.9
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: Institute of Development Studies
  • Abstract: Summary:

    The evidence base on social protection programmes is expanding rapidly, largely pointing towards their positive impacts. Most evaluations rely heavily on quantitative techniques and experimental methods to allow for attribution of impacts. In this paper, we argue that new ways of investigation and analysis are needed to expand and deepen the evidence base in support of improved design and implementation of social protection. Greater emphasis on qualitative research, mixed methods and participatory evaluation is crucial, given current evidence gaps about programme dynamics and impacts. This paper proposes a new evaluation framework that goes beyond conventional approaches, by highlighting relatively neglected aspects related to programme processes, social dynamics and feedback loops in programme evaluations.


  • Identifier: System Number: LDEAvdc_100047254042.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 1353-6141; 10.1111/j.2040-0209.2013.00431.x
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

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