Situated in education policy analysis, this book is at the cutting edge of major debates across the social sciences regarding the nature of science, qualitative/quantitative tensions, post-foundational possibilities, and the research/policy nexus. Located between the aftermath of poststructuralism and the new scientism afoot in neoliberal audit culture, the book posits an engaged social science that is accountable to complexity and the political value of not being so sure. Its insistence is to put deconstruction to work in the midst of messiness, contingency, and ambiguity. The book will be useful in courses on education, feminist policy analysis, and qualitative research across disciplines.
Das Buch ist eine problemorientierte Einführung in die (nicht nur germanistische) Literaturwissenschaft; kein positivistisches Lernbuch, aber auch keine bloße Methodenrevue. Gestützt auf Erfahrungen aus langjähriger Lehre versucht der Autor, anhand anschaulicher Beispiele grundsätzliche Perspektiven und Fragestellungen der Literaturwissenschaft zu entfalten. Das Spektrum der Themen reicht von der antiken Rhetorik und Poetik über Begründungsfragen der modernen Literaturwissenschaft und exemplarische Strukturanalysen zu epischen, lyrischen und dramatischen Texten bis hin zu aktuellen Fragestellungen wie Lesesozialisation und "Literatur in der Medienkonkurrenz". Die leserfreundliche Anlage des Textes, mit erläuternden Marginalien, Begriffsdefinitionen, Schaubildern und Abbildungen soll den Studienanfängern den Einstieg erleichtern und sie ermuntern, die vielfältigen weiterführenden Anregungen und Hinweise selbständig zu verfolgen. Diesem Ziel dient (als Ergänzung zum Buch) dieses "Vertiefungsprogramm zum Selbststudium".
This book offers an accessible introduction to the topic of impact evaluation and its practice in development. While the book is geared principally towards development practitioners and policymakers designing prospective impact evaluations, we trust that it will be a valuable resource for students and others interested in using impact evaluation. Prospective impact evaluations should be used selectively to assess whether or not a program has achieved its intended results, or to test alternatives for achieving those results. We consider that more and better impact evaluation will help strengthen the evidence base for development policies and programs around the world. If governments and development practitioners can make policy decisions based on evidence - including evidence generated through impact evaluation - our hope is that development resources will be spent more effectively, and ultimately have a greater impact on reducing poverty and improving people s lives. The three chapters in this handbook provide a non-technical introduction to impact evaluations, including Why Evaluate in Chapter 1, How to Evaluate in Chapter 2 and How to Implement Impact Evaluations in Chapter 3. These elements are the basic tools needed in order to successfully carry out an impact evaluation. From a methodological standpoint our approach to impact evaluation is largely pragmatic: we think that the most appropriate methods should be identified to fit the operational context, and not the other way around. This is best achieved at the outset of the program, through the design of prospective impact evaluation that can be built into the project s implementation. We argue that gaining consensus between key stakeholders and identifying an evaluation design that fits the political and operational context is as important as the method itself. We also believe strongly that impact evaluations should be upfront about their limitations and caveats. Finally, we strongly encourage policymakers and program managers to consider impact evaluations in a logical framework that clearly sets out the causal pathways by which the program works to produce outputs and influence final outcomes, and to combine impact evaluations with monitoring and selected complementary evaluation approach to gain a full picture of performance. This book builds on a core set of teaching materials developed for the Turning Promises to Evidence workshops organized by the office of the Chief Economist for Human Development (HDNCE) in partnership with regional units and the Development Economics Research Group (DECRG) at the World Bank.
Suspense, mystery, and danger pervade the four stories of this romance collection. As love blossoms for four women, threatening situations also arise. Laurel's resolve is tested when a cyber stalker begins sending menacing E-mails. Gerri goes undercover as a housekeeper in an attempt to vindicate her wrongfully accused grandfather. Shelby travels to her vacant childhood home in Louisiana to find the key to recurring migraines. Stephanie works to restore an old church only to be warned by mysterious lights to leave things as they are.
Should they proceed with their dangerous tasks? Can they trust their hearts to guide them?