The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development

The politics of evidence and results in international developmentThe Politics of Evidence in International Development provides a critical examination of the results agenda, with practical strategies for rendering it more helpful in supporting transformative development. Understanding and demonstrating the effectiveness of efforts to improve the lives of those living in poverty is an essential part of international development practice. But who decides what counts as good or credible evidence? Can the drive to measure results do justice to and promote transformational change that challenges the power relations that produce and reproduce inequality, injustice and the non-fulfilment of human rights? The Politics of Evidence in International Development provides a critical examination of the results agenda, with practical strategies for rendering it more helpful in supporting transformative development. The book deconstructs the origins and concepts of the results and evidence agendas employed in international development. It describes with concrete examples the current effects and consequences of the agenda, and goes on to outline a range of strategies used by individuals and organizations to resist, adapt or comply with the useful and problematic demands for results-oriented measurement and evidence of value for money.

About the authors (2015)

  • Rosalind Eyben is a development social scientist at the Institute of Development Studies with a career in international development policy and practice. She has long-term overseas experience in Anglophone and Francophone Africa, India, and most recently in Latin America, and was DFID s first Chief Social Development Adviser.
  • Irene Guijt works for IIED/IUCN in the Netherlands.
  • Catherine Shutt is an independent consultant and tutor with the Institute of Development Studies and University of Sussex.
  • Chris Roche is Associate Professor and the Director of the Institute for Human Security and Social Change as well as the Chair in International Development at La Trobe University.

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