What is it about?

This article compares randomized control trials and qualitative evaluations of similar pilots carried out in close proximity to each other in India and Pakistan in order to assess their strengths and weaknesses.

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Why is it important?

Randomized Control Trials are being held up as the gold standard in evaluation methodology but as this article shows, their claims to rigour are frequently undermined in the real world by the confounding agency of real world actors. The article argues for the need for integrating quantitative and qualitative methods in order to understand how development policy and practice operates, who benefits and who loses, why and under what circumstances.


This article felt a bit like doing detective work, digging out information that is often hidden, either behind a statistical veil or in the gray literature

Professor Naila Kabeer
London School of Economics

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This page is a summary of: Randomized Control Trials and Qualitative Evaluations of a Multifaceted Programme for Women in Extreme Poverty: Empirical Findings and Methodological Reflections, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, April 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/19452829.2018.1536696.
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