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Methods for Development Work and Research
A New Guide for Practitioners

Second Edition
  • Britha Mikkelsen - Senior Specialist, Social Science and Research, COWI, Denmark


March 2005 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Praise for the First Edition:

 

`It is a guide of vital importance to researchers, trainers and extension workers, especially those collaborating with communities in developing countries' -

European Journal of Development Research

 

 

`There is much of value here that even experienced development workers might learn from…. Mikkelsen offers many insights that would be valuable to any economist undertaking field work in development' -

The Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics

 

 

`An enthusiastic, vibrant supplement to methodology texts…. The formulation is concise, comprehensive, yet substantial' -

Business Line

 

 

`Development researchers will be grateful to Mikkelsen for her laudable job in competently assessing their needs…. She provides an overview of the traditional and the new techniques and tools for field study' -

Deccan Herald

 

This completely revised version of the successful 1995 text covers a wide range of issues relating to research concepts and methods. It incorporates new lessons that have been learned regarding the merits and pitfalls of development work.

Reflecting on how and why research in international development work has become a special case within the social sciences, this book provides innovative examples of participatory methods in action; methodological guidance on linking research purpose, questions and methods in qualitative and quantitative research; highlights new methods for development work and research like the Rights-based Approach, Appreciative Inquiry, the Social Capital Analysis Tool and Geomatics; emphasizes the gender perspective in development work; and discusses ethics, regulations and codes of conduct, as well as the question of encounters with `other` cultures.

 
PART ONE: CONTEXT AND FOCUS OF THE GUIDE
 
Issues and Approaches in Current Development Co-Operation
 
Dialogue, Problem Identification and Planning Cycle
 
Target Groups, Readership and Terminology
 
PART TWO: PARTICIPATION IN DEVELOPMENT - THE CONCEPT AND CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES
 
Perceptions of Participation
 
Participatory Methods, Techniques and Tools
 
Strategic Considerations for Using Participatory Methods
 
Critical Perspectives on Participation
 
PART THREE: PARTICIPATORY METHODS IN USE
 
Illustrations of Selected Participatory Methods
 
Spreading Uses of Participatory Methods
 
Topical Applications of Participatory Methods
 
PART FOUR: DIFFERENT TYPES OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES - PURPOSE, METHODS AND DESIGN
 
Types and Forms of Development Studies
 
Research Purpose, Goals and Focus
 
Research Methods and Possible Combinations
 
Research Process and Research Plan
 
PART FIVE: DATA GENERATION AND ANALYSIS OF QUALITATIVE DATA
 
Theory-Based Data Generation and Analysis
 
Analysis of Qualitative Data
 
Standards of Quality for Qualitative Research
 
PART SIX: SELECTED DEVELOPMENT ISSUES AND APPROACHES
 
A Rights-Based Approach to Development
 
Poverty Reduction - Evolving Agenda and Poverty Analysis
 
Women in Development and Gender Perspectives
 
Innovative Approaches - Appreciative Inquiry, Social Capital Assessment, Geomatics
 
PART SEVEN: MONITORING AND EVALUATION
 
Monitoring and Evaluation - for Accountability and Learning
 
Aid Evaluation, Basic Evaluation Designs and Primary Uses of Evaluation Findings
 
Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation
 
Impact Monitoring and Evaluation
 
Learning from M&E and Impact Studies
 
PART EIGHT: CONCLUSION ON ETHICS AND INTERVENTIONS
 
Images of 'the Others'
 
Interventions, Interference and Agents of Change
 
Dilemmas of Topics and Methods and Reminders on Conduct
 
Bibliography
 
Index

Praise for the First Edition:

 

`There is much of value here that even experienced development workers might learn from…. Mikkelsen offers many insights that would be valuable to any economist undertaking field work in development'
The Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics

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`An enthusiastic, vibrant supplement to methodology texts…. The formulation is concise, comprehensive, yet substantial' -

Business Line

An enthusiastic, vibrant supplement to methodology texts and help in;. The formulation is concise, comprehensive, yet substantial.

Business Line

`Development researchers will be grateful to Mikkelsen for her laudable job in competently assessing their needs…. She provides an overview of the traditional and the new techniques and tools for field study'

Deccan Herald

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