CEDIL – Centre for Evaluation Lecture Series Development Impact Attribution: Mental Models and Methods in ‘Mixed Marriage’ Evaluations
July 18 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
The marriage metaphor will be used to explore collaboration that spans academic traditions and disciplines, researchers and managers, public and private sector agencies. The idea of mental models will be used to explore the ontological, epistemological, contractual and socio-political tensions created by formalised evaluative practice. It will focus particularly on experience with mixing qualitative impact evaluation with other approaches to generating evidence, learning and legitimising public action. It will draw on case studies from the garment industry, medical training, housing microfinance and agriculture spanning three continents.
Prof James Copestake is professor of international development at the University of Bath. In addition to recent work on the Qualitative Impact Protocol (www.bathsdr.org) his recent research has addressed contested perceptions of wellbeing in Peru, financial inclusion and microfinance in India, the relationship between social policy and development studies, and use of challenge funds in aid management.