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date: 20 August 2019

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Utilizing mixed methods research (MMR) in development evaluations addresses many of the shortcomings of single method approaches, ultimately leading to better informed policy and programming. It allows researchers to harness rigorous quantitative evidence, critical for ascertaining whether and to what extent an intervention has had an effect, as well as to capture the nuance and context-specificity, via qualitative work, which can help explain how and why impacts have or have not been achieved in a given context. Following a discussion of the evolution of MMR in the development arena, this chapter presents case studies that highlight its as-yet unfilled potential to strengthen program design and implementation in ways that respect cultural diversity, engage with high-level outcomes such as “empowerment,” and avoid unintended consequences on marginalized groups that jeopardize development goals.

Keywords: mixed methods research, MMR, qualitative, development evaluations, impact evaluation, evidence, policy and programming

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