The system will be going down for regular maintenance at 6pm NZT today for approximately 15minutes. Please save your work and logout.

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorPrinsen, Gerard
dc.contributor.authorPurcell, Gisela
dc.identifier.citationPrinson, G & Purcell, G. (2013). Measuring, defining, and valuing change: A database on development indicators for policy-makers, activists, and researchers. Palmerston North. N.Z.: Massey University. Institute of Development Studiesen
dc.description.abstractThe use of indicators in international development has increased exponentially since the 1990s. Composite and proxy indicators are used to measure a wide range of concepts but their shortcomings have been widely critiqued. Through a review of over 300 documents, this paper gives a brief history of the rise of “indicatorology” and then summarizes the key challenges in three categories: technical/operational, political/strategic and epistemological/conceptual. Technical challenges faced by development practitioners revolve around the over-simplification of complex issues and the conflation of the goals with indicators. Political challenges involve the inherent power of indicators and the implications they have for policy making. Epistemological challenges question how to balance scientific rigor with local knowledge in the creation and use of indicators. A database of all publications used in this research is being made accessible to development practitioners and researchers via Massey University – watch this space!en
dc.publisherInstitute of Development Studies, Massey Universityen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesInstitute of Development Studies Working Paper Series;2013/1
dc.subjectPoverty measurementen
dc.subjectMonitoring and evaluationen
dc.subjectResults based managementen
dc.titleMeasuring, defining, and valuing change: A database on development indicators for policy-makers, activists, and researchersen
dc.typeWorking Paperen

Files in this item


This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record