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Evidence of Development

Gammelgaard, Natalie LU (2017) UTVK03 20171
Sociology
Abstract
Development organizations work within a complex system where they have to show their expertise and ensure that their interventions have a positive impact, while simultaneously prioritize different accountabilities to both their patrons, clients and themselves. This case study of the Danish Red Cross Youth is focused on their participatory youth-leadership project in rural Zimbabwe; particularly the design and development of the project. The study is concerned with how the organization uses evidence and other types of knowledge within their work, and how their different accountabilities affect their engagement with evidence. The research shows that the organization uses not just evidence but also experience in their work. Through the... (More)
Development organizations work within a complex system where they have to show their expertise and ensure that their interventions have a positive impact, while simultaneously prioritize different accountabilities to both their patrons, clients and themselves. This case study of the Danish Red Cross Youth is focused on their participatory youth-leadership project in rural Zimbabwe; particularly the design and development of the project. The study is concerned with how the organization uses evidence and other types of knowledge within their work, and how their different accountabilities affect their engagement with evidence. The research shows that the organization uses not just evidence but also experience in their work. Through the monitoring and evaluation they work to create context specific evidence in order to show the impact of their work, but they also manipulate their experience to resemble evidence in order to appear evidence-based. Furthermore, the organization prioritizes their accountabilities differently at different stages of the project and for different purposes. This has a direct impact on how they use the evidence and experience they have. (Less)
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Gammelgaard, Natalie LU
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alternative title
A case study on the use of evidence within the work of the Danish Red Cross Youth Author: Natalie Gammelgaard Bachelor Thesis:
course
UTVK03 20171
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Evidence, Experience, Accountability, NGO, Danish Red Cross Youth
language
English
id
8911652
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2017-06-28 13:21:43
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2017-06-28 13:21:43
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  abstract     = {Development organizations work within a complex system where they have to show their expertise and ensure that their interventions have a positive impact, while simultaneously prioritize different accountabilities to both their patrons, clients and themselves. This case study of the Danish Red Cross Youth is focused on their participatory youth-leadership project in rural Zimbabwe; particularly the design and development of the project. The study is concerned with how the organization uses evidence and other types of knowledge within their work, and how their different accountabilities affect their engagement with evidence. The research shows that the organization uses not just evidence but also experience in their work. Through the monitoring and evaluation they work to create context specific evidence in order to show the impact of their work, but they also manipulate their experience to resemble evidence in order to appear evidence-based. Furthermore, the organization prioritizes their accountabilities differently at different stages of the project and for different purposes. This has a direct impact on how they use the evidence and experience they have.},
  author       = {Gammelgaard, Natalie},
  keyword      = {Evidence,Experience,Accountability,NGO,Danish Red Cross Youth},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Evidence of Development},
  year         = {2017},
}