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Research and evaluation

Chossing Research Methods

Brian Pratt and Peter Loizos

This book discusses the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of available research methods, and explains how to decide on the best approaches to suit individual circumstances. Clear and accessible, the book covers such important issues as participation, constraints on research, the unit of analysis, the need to avoid bias, and choosing appropriate researchers. Illustrated with actual examples from the experience of Oxfam and other development organizations, the book demystifies research and explains how it can be incorporated in the development programme cycle.

An Oxfam Development Guideline, 1992

0 85598 177 6, paperback 128pp illustrated, £8.95, $14.95


Social Survey Methods

Paul Nichols

Social Survey Methods is a readable guide to selecting an appropriate, affordable research method, implementing the research, and communicating the results. Formal and nonformal survey methods are dealt with in detail, and there is helpful advice on statistical analysis of results, design of survey forms, and interview methods. Designed for those without a formal training in statistics, this will be a valuable aid for anyone with an interest in applied statistics for developing countries.

An Oxfam Development Guideline, 1991

0 855981261, paperback 132pp illustrated, £8.95, $14.95


Evaluating Social Development Project

Edited by Peter Oakley and David Marsden

The goals of many social development programmes include the promotion of participation, the awakening of political consciousness, and the encouragement of selfreliant strategies. How are these achievements to be measured? Are evaluations of such projects essentially different from those of more conventional infrastructural projects? This book offers some guidelines to NGO planners.

An Oxfam Development Guideline, 1990, 144pp illustrated

0 85598 146 6, hardback, £24.95, $39.95

0 85598 1474, paperback, £8.95, $14.95


A Basic Guide to Evaluation for Development Workers

Frances Rubin

This book will help groups to plan for and carry out evaluations as an integral part of development activities. Easy-to-follow, it focuses on the principles underlying evaluation and deals clearly and simply with the issues to be considered at the planning stage. It then examines the steps involved in carrying out different types of evaluation, for specific purposes. The importance of involving local people in evaluations is emphasized throughout.

An Oxfam Basic Guide

1995, 0 85598 275 6, paperback 96pp, £4.95, $7.95

'Provides a useful overview of the current situation, drawing on experimental techniques and methods from a wide range of experiences, as well as an articulate analysis of the basic issues involved.'

International Labour Review