Evaluation in the Extreme: Research, Impact and Politics in Violently Divided Societies

Kenneth Bush – University of York Heslington, York, England
Colleen Duggan – International Development Research Centre, Ottawa
published October 2015, by Sage

“Over the past two decades, there has been an increase in the funding of research in and on violently divided societies. But how do we know whether research makes any difference to these societies—is the impact constructive or destructive? This book is the first to systematically explore this question through a series of case studies written by those on the front line of applied research. It offers clear and logical ways to understand the positive or negative role that research, or any other aid intervention, might have in developing societies affected by armed conflict, political unrest and/or social violence.”

Kenneth Bush is Altajir Lecturer and Executive Director of the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit, University of York (UK).  From 2016: School of Government & International Affairs, Durham University

Colleen Duggan is a Senior Programme Specialist in the Policy and Evaluation Division of the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa.

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