Does research reduce poverty? Assessing the welfare impacts of policy-oriented research in agriculture
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In the current context of the global financial crisis and its aftermath, development resources are likely to be getting scarcer. Resources for development research are too. The set of circumstances generating the resource scarcity is also putting pressure on development gains. More than ever before, every dollar spent on development research will have to count towards sustainable poverty reduction. However, the understanding of the impacts of development research on policy change and on poverty is weak at best, with agriculture being no different. The area of research impact is not a new area of enquiry but an emergent one. Our paper seeks to build on the work of others. It surveys the literature and identifies different ways of assessing the impact of ‘policy-oriented‘ research. We then take the available literature on agriculture as a specific focus to survey. Our paper surveys the different types of ‘policy-oriented’ research; the literature on the ‘theories of change‘ for policy research in international development; methodologies for analysing the impact of policy-oriented research; the relevant agriculture literature and outlines the types indicators that can be used for impact assessment of research with examples.
CitationMasset, E., Mulmi, R. and Sumner, A. (2011) 'Does Research Reduce Poverty? Assessing the Welfare Impacts of Policy-oriented Research in Agriculture', IDS Working Paper 360, Brighton: IDS
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