Laura Camfield, Maren Duvendack
Palgrave Macmillan, January 2014

The short pieces in the themed debate section speak to the importance of evaluation and replication of evaluations. They can improve the quality of development policy and programmes and explain intended and unintended consequences. The pieces raise questions such as: Is impact evaluation evaluation? Can randomised controlled trials (RCTs) help policy makers? and What does a focus on observables really tell us? In this Introduction we summarise their arguments and make practical proposals to improve the quality of evaluation research, whether this is quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods

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