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Copestake, James
Allan, Claire
van Bekkum, Wilm
Belay, Moges
Goshu, Tefera
Mvula, Peter
Remnant, Fiona
Thomas, Erin
Zerahun, Zenawi
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Bath Papers in International Development and Wellbeing No. 49
Evaluation choreography - or who knows what when through the process of impact evaluation - has an important influence on the credibility and usefulness of findings. We explore such choreography from technical, political and ethical perspectives through reflection on a collaborative case study that entailed collaborative design of a qualitative impact evaluation protocol ('the QuIP') and its pilot use in Ethiopia and Malawi. Double blind interviewing was employed to reduce project specific confirmation bias, followed by staged 'unblinding' as a form of triangulation. We argue that these steps can enhance credibility of evidence and that ethical concerns associated with blinding can be addressed by being open with stakeholders about the process. The case study suggests qualitative impact evaluation can contribute to a more deliberative and less rigid style of international development practice.
confirmation bias
impact evaluation
international development practice
qualitative methods
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