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Crossing the Border : International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies     Open Access  
Cuadernos de la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales - Universidad Nacional de Jujuy     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cuadernos de la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales. Universidad Nacional de Jujuy     Open Access  
Cuadernos Interculturales     Open Access  
Cultura - Hombre - Sociedad     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cultura Científica     Open Access  
Cultural Studies Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Cultural Trends     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Culturales     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Culture Mandala : The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies     Open Access  
Culture Scope     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Demographic Research     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Derecho y Ciencias Sociales     Open Access  
Desacatos     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Desenvolvimento em Questão     Open Access  
Developing Practice : The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Diálogo     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
DIFI Family Research and Proceedings     Open Access  
Discourse & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 248)
Distinktion : Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Doct-Us Journal     Open Access  
Drustvena istrazivanja     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward terrorism and genocide     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
e-Gnosis     Open Access  
Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Économie et Solidarités     Full-text available via subscription  
Educación y Territorio     Open Access  
Education, Business and Society : Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues     Hybrid Journal  
Égypte - Monde arabe     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Éire-Ireland     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Electoral Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Electronic Journal of Radical Organisation Theory     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
EMPIRIA. Revista de Metodología de las Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Enfoques     Open Access  
Enseñanza de las Ciencias Sociales     Open Access  
Entramado     Open Access  
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion : An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Espace populations sociétés     Open Access   (Followers: 1)     Open Access  
Estudios Avanzados     Open Access  
Estudios del Desarrollo Social : Cuba y América Latina     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Estudios Fronterizos     Open Access  
Estudios Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ethics and Social Welfare     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Ethnic and Racial Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Ethnobotany Research & Applications : a journal of plants, people and applied research     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Études rurales     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Eureka Street     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
European Journal of Futures Research     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
European Journal of Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
European Online Journal of Natural and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
European Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies - Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
European Review of Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
European View     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Exchanges : the Warwick Research Journal     Open Access  
ExT : Revista de Extensión de la UNC     Open Access  
Families, Relationships and Societies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Family Matters     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Family Process     Partially Free   (Followers: 2)
Family Relations     Partially Free   (Followers: 6)
Family Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Fijian Studies: A Journal of Contemporary Fiji     Full-text available via subscription  
FIVE : The Claremont Colleges Journal of Undergraduate Academic Writing     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Flaubert     Open Access  
Formation emploi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
FORO. Revista de Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales, Nueva Época     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Fourth World Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Future Times     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Genocide Studies and Prevention     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Genocide Studies International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Géographie et cultures     Open Access  
Ghana Journal of Development Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Global Journal of Social Sciences     Full-text available via subscription  
Global Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Graduate Journal of Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Grief Matters : The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Gruppendynamik und Organisationsberatung     Hybrid Journal  
Hallazgos     Open Access  
He Puna Korero: Journal of Maori and Pacific Development     Full-text available via subscription  
Headmark     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
História e Cultura     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Human Affairs     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Huria : Journal of the Open University of Tanzania     Full-text available via subscription  
Hydra : Interdisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
IAMURE International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
IAMURE International Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Iberoforum. Revista de Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad Iberoamericana     Open Access  
Iconos. Revista de Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
IdeAs. Idées d'Amérique     Open Access  
Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
IDS Bulletin     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
IEEE Transactions on Computational Social Systems     Full-text available via subscription  
Illness, Crisis, & Loss     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Immigrants & Minorities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Impact     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Inkanyiso : Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access  

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Journal Cover IDS Bulletin
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     ISSN (Print) 0265-5012 - ISSN (Online) 1759-5436
     Published by John Wiley and Sons Homepage  [1604 journals]   [SJR: 0.46]   [H-I: 20]
  • Introduction – Rethinking Impact Evaluation for Development
    • Authors: Barbara Befani; Chris Barnett, Elliot Stern
      Pages: 1 - 5
      Abstract: This IDS Bulletin is the first of two special issues presenting contributions from the event ‘Impact Innovation and Learning: Towards a Research and Practice Agenda for the Future’, organised by IDS in March 2013. The initiative, as well as these two issues, represent a ‘rallying cry’ for impact evaluation to rise to the challenges of a post‐MDG/post‐2015 development agenda. This introduction articulates first what these challenges are, and then goes on to summarise how the contributors propose to meet these challenges in terms of methodological and institutional innovation. Increasingly ambitious development goals, multiple layers of governance and lines of accountability require adequate causal inference frameworks and less ambitious expectations on the span of direct influence single interventions can achieve, as well as awareness of multiple bias types. Institutions need to be researched and become more impact‐oriented and learning‐oriented.
      PubDate: 2014-11-03T07:08:15.922356-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1759-5436.12108
  • Have Development Evaluators Been Fighting the Last War… And If So,
           What is to be Done?
    • Authors: Robert Picciotto
      Pages: 6 - 16
      Abstract: What are the right evaluation methods and what evaluation strategy adapted to contemporary development issues should such methods serve? This article argues that a range of methods and tools must be drawn upon to achieve high‐quality evaluation standards and that even the best methods cannot compensate for a misguided strategy. For both sets of reasons, it is time for the current craze for experimental evaluation methods in international development to give way. In its place a mix of evaluation methods informed by a relevant evaluation research agenda should be adopted and put at the service of evaluation policy directions that reflect contemporary development prospects and dilemmas.
      PubDate: 2014-11-03T07:08:16.18295-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/1759-5436.12109
  • Process Tracing and Contribution Analysis: A Combined Approach to
           Generative Causal Inference for Impact Evaluation
    • Authors: Barbara Befani; John Mayne
      Pages: 17 - 36
      Abstract: This article proposes a combination of a popular evaluation approach, contribution analysis (CA), with an emerging method for causal inference, process tracing (PT). Both are grounded in generative causality and take a probabilistic approach to the interpretation of evidence. The combined approach is tested on the evaluation of the contribution of a teaching programme to the improvement of school performance of girls, and is shown to be preferable to either CA or PT alone. The proposed procedure shows that established Bayesian principles and PT tests, based on both science and common sense, can be applied to assess the strength of qualitative and quali‐quantitative observations and evidence, collected within an overarching CA framework; thus shifting the focus of impact evaluation from ‘assessing impact’ to ‘assessing confidence’ (about impact).
      PubDate: 2014-11-03T07:08:16.514165-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1759-5436.12110
  • The Triviality of Measuring Ultimate Outcomes: Acknowledging the Span of
           Direct Influence
    • Authors: Giel Ton; Sietze Vellema, Lan Ge
      Pages: 37 - 48
      Abstract: Sustainability standards and certification schemes have been promoted as a market‐driven instrument for realising development impacts and receive public funding. As a result, companies, NGOs and supporting donors and governments want to know if these ambitions have been fulfilled. Their tendency is to commission household surveys to assess net effects of certification in areas such as poverty, productivity and food security. This article argues that, rather than trying to measure precise net effects on farmer income, the focus should be on detailed measurement of more immediate outcomes in terms of knowledge and implementation of good agricultural practices. Contribution analysis is proposed as an overall approach to verify the theory of change, combining survey‐based net‐effect measurement of these immediate and intermediate outcomes with less precise, lean monitoring of indicators to verify the contributory role of these outcomes that are outside the span of direct influence, such as household income and poverty alleviation.
      PubDate: 2014-11-03T07:08:18.434344-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1759-5436.12111
  • Things you Wanted to Know about Bias in Evaluations but Never Dared to
    • Authors: Laura Camfield; Maren Duvendack, Richard Palmer‐Jones
      Pages: 49 - 64
      Abstract: The thrust for evidence‐based policymaking has paid little attention to problems of bias. Statistical evidence is more fragile than generally understood, and false positives are all too likely given the incentives of policymakers and academic and professional evaluators. Well‐known cognitive biases make bias likely for not dissimilar reasons in qualitative and mixed methods evaluations. What we term delinquent organisational isomorphism promotes purportedly scientific evaluations in inappropriate institutional contexts, intensifying motivated reasoning and avoidance of cognitive dissonance. This leads to states of denial with regard to the validity of much evaluation activity. Independent replications, revisits and restudies, together with codes of ethics that relate to professional integrity, may mitigate these problems.
      PubDate: 2014-11-03T07:08:17.604822-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1759-5436.12112
  • Making M&E More ‘Impact‐oriented’: Illustrations
           from the UN
    • Authors: Jos Vaessen; Oscar Garcia, Juha I. Uitto
      Pages: 65 - 76
      Abstract: In international development, impact evaluation (IE) is becoming more and more an institutionalised practice. This article starts out by addressing the question of what institutionalisation of IE means and how it could work. Subsequently, the article explores common challenges in monitoring and evaluation functions in the UN system related to the supply of (and to a lesser extent demand for) evidence on impact. Rather than looking for solutions to these challenges in the practice of IE, the article explores the issue of how to improve non‐IE monitoring and evaluation practices. On the basis of the identified challenges three categories of solutions are discussed: improving the quality of impact‐related evidence at activity and project level, strengthening the causal logic underlying interventions, and strengthening the aggregation and synthesis of evidence. Finally, the article presents some illustrative examples of the latter two categories of solutions.
      PubDate: 2014-11-03T07:08:18.094289-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1759-5436.12113
  • Some Thoughts on Development Evaluation Processes
    • Authors: Ole Winckler Andersen
      Pages: 77 - 84
      Abstract: A lively methodological debate together with organisational adjustments has dominated the international discussion on development evaluation in the last decade. Less discussed have been the evaluation processes, from procurement of consultants to the completion of evaluations, where many donors have used the same ‘system’ with only minor adjustments for many years. A key question is whether this ‘system’ is still ‘fit for purpose’ in view of the increasing complexity of many development interventions. This article presents three perspectives on development evaluation processes – the ‘independence perspective’, the ‘transaction cost perspective’ and the ‘political economy perspective’ – and argues that in particular the ‘political economy perspective’ constitutes a relevant perspective in analyses of evaluation processes. It is concluded that evaluation processes should be designed to reflect the specific characteristics of the individual evaluations, but also that more analysis and experimentation are required.
      PubDate: 2014-11-03T07:08:17.284648-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1759-5436.12114
  • Developing a Research Agenda for Impact Evaluation in Development
    • Authors: Patricia J. Rogers; Greet Peersman
      Pages: 85 - 99
      Abstract: This article sets out what would be required to develop a research agenda for impact evaluation. It begins by explaining why it is needed and what process it would involve. It outlines four areas where research is needed – the enabling environment, practice, products and impacts. It reviews the different research methods that can be used to research impact evaluation and argues for particular attention to detailed, theory‐informed, mixed‐method comparative case studies of the actual processes and impacts of impact evaluation. It explores some examples of research questions that would be valuable to focus on and how they might be addressed. Finally, it makes some suggestions about the process that is needed to create a formal and collaborative research agenda.
      PubDate: 2014-11-03T07:08:16.932661-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/1759-5436.12115
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